Sunday, June 23, 2002

A couple links:
A review of the new Berkeley Rep production, Cloud Nine.

Friday, June 14, 2002

I have another book review in the Daily Cal today. Erin wrote one too.

Wednesday, June 05, 2002

On his site today, Rahul posted this odd advertisement that he found in an old magazine. While he seems to think it shows bad intentions by the US government (offering bonuses to people who find uranium in their backyards), I think it might just have been a sincere attempt to rip people off.

Tuesday, June 04, 2002

Apparently they cancelled "The Education of Max Bickford", which while inevitable, is also unfortunate. I never even got to plug the show on this site. "Max Bickford" was far from perfect, but it was nice to have a mirror put up to college life that didn't focus on sex. Its ripped-from-the-headlines style occasionally made it melodramatic (of course, not on the level of "Boston Public"), and it got worse as the season wore on, but it was worth watching most of the time, both for the Berkeley-like controversies and Bickford's interactions with his colleagues (the episode where he completes his thinly-veiled memoir is a good example) .

Professors make interesting subjects. There's a whole sub-genre of literature about college professors. Like "Wonder Boys", which I didn't read, but saw on video recently. The movie suffered from some of the same problems as another Michael Chabon work, "The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay", those being mainly over complication and too many subplots. Ironically, overwriting is the problem the protagonist is having with his novel in "Wonder Boys". I loved the set-up, and the interactions between the different characters, but in the end, there are too many lose ends that don't add anything and that all get solved together, with really no solution.