- The Washington Times - Monday, April 9, 2001

Lonely widow

"Anna Nicole Smith is feeling sorry for herself again. And she'd like you to feel sorry for her, too.

" 'I think people should … feel sorry for me,' the busty widow tells the U.K. Mirror.

"Why? Well, in addition to the fact she's lost her Mr. Moneybags hubby, her beloved homes and, for a while at least, her mind … she's having a hard time getting a date.

" 'I've never really had any friends,' she says. 'And now men don't even ask me out. I can't remember the last time I was asked out on a date, and I'm talking years here… . I spend my life more and more alone… .

"She says she doesn't trust 'young, pretty men,' because 'they [have sex with] you one day and [have sex with] someone else the next.' And oh, the bitter irony! she feels she can't be too careful about golddiggers these days.

" 'You never know if they like you for who you are or what you are,' she says. 'Would he love me or the money? … Don't get me wrong, I like men. I love them. And I do miss sex, oh, I do. It drives me insane, actually.' "

Amy Reiter, writing on "Nothing Personal," Thursday in Salon at www.salon.com

'Authoritarian'?

"Conservative Christians … worry those Americans who believe in religious tolerance and pluralism. Fundamentalist Christians, the anthropologist Vincent Crapanzano writes, lack the flexibility of mind essential to democracy. Sectarian in outlook and authoritarian in temperament, according to liberal organizations such as People for the American Way and the American Civil Liberties Union, they want to forbid other Americans from exercising their right to an abortion and to impose on public schools their particular theological orthodoxy. Conservative Christians are not moved by love of God, many leftists argue, but by hatred of those who are different, especially gay men and lesbians. We should not be fooled by their piety but instead recognize that their primary objective is the political one of supporting the most extreme candidates and ideas shaping the Republican Party.

"Liberals would not worry so much about conservative Christians if they lived, as they did at previous points in American history, essentially private lives. The problem is that contemporary evangelicals, in their view, are committed to spreading the 'good news' of the gospel any way they can. As a result, the political influence of conservative Christians exceeds their actual numbers, since they tend to operate as stealth candidates, taking advantage of the apathy of others to gain positions of influence."

Alan Wolfe, from his new book, "Moral Freedom"

'Blown' opportunity

" 'Blow,' the story of a real-life cocaine dealer a Massachusetts man who sold the Medellin cartel's dope to mainstream America in the '70s would seem to offer the perfect vehicle for Johnny Depp to become a major star… . In the current 'Before Night Falls,' Depp makes a dazzling cameo appearance, and in 'Chocolat,' an overblown trifle, he is a pleasingly glamorous romantic figure, so handsome and indistinct that women can pin any fantasy they like onto him.

"But 'Blow' isn't Depp's breakout movie. Based on a book by Bruce Porter, its hero-victim is one George Jung, an apparently unintelligent and feckless man who is now moldering in prison… . 'Blow' is just a series of strung-together episodes, and now and then [director Ted] Demme throws in the towel and resorts to a rapid montage of shots meant to convey the giddy drug life … but this isn't directing, and it isn't evocation, either; it's more like flinging a loosely pasted scrapbook onto the floor and asking the audience to sort it out.

"The unconvincing narrative doesn't allow Depp to shape a performance."

David Denby, writing on "Still Hungry," in the April 9 issue of the New Yorker

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