- The Washington Times - Friday, November 29, 2002

Sick in the 'City'
"One other thing I've learned through years of talking to young men is that men choose the time for marriage more than the person. In other words, they have to be ready. They have to sow their wild oats or they have to have their careers together, et cetera. Many men will let relationships go that they later regret having let go, but they had to because they weren't ready. So if a guy tells you he's not ready, believe him.
"I talk to men and women in college every day and I hear constantly from women they are miserable with the status quo. Constantly. If having multiple sex partners made people happy, if being like Samantha on 'Sex and the City' made people happy, I'd be telling you that's what you've got to do. But it could not be further from the truth.
"Why can't women be portrayed as they really are? This is my question. I promise you, I see Samantha's (Kim Cattrall's character) in my office every day. It's not a liberated existence. They are unhappy, they are miserable, and most of all, they are sick. Unfortunately, popular culture promotes a 'Sex and the City' life as an alternative. And I am here to tell you that it is not a good one."
Dr. Drew Pinsky, in "Dr. Drew Talks to 'She Thinks'" in the fall issue of She Thinks, from the Women's Independent Forum

Global capitalism
"It's no cliche to observe that the 40-year-old [Tyler] Cowen author of 1998's 'In Praise of Commercial Culture' and director of George Mason University's Mercatus Center is what he eats. Cowen's guide opens with the proclamation, 'Restaurants manifest the spirit of capitalist multiculturalism.' Cowen champions such detested entities as Hollywood, megastores, and Brit pop while sharply criticizing snobs, purists, and government subsidies to arts organizations. 'There's no National Endowment for the Arts that subsidizes good food,' he told an interviewer last year. 'Yet we have a wonderfully diverse selection.'
"Cowen's new book, 'Creative Destruction: How Globalization is Changing the World's Cultures' once again salutes the marriage of fine arts and free markets. Globalization, he argues, may indeed make one culture more like another; but it also makes the world as a whole more beautiful. 'A typical American yuppie,' he enthuses, 'drinks French wine, listens to Beethoven on a Japanese audio system, [and] uses the Internet to buy Persian textiles from a dealer in London.'"
Chris Mooney, writing on "The Globalist Cookbook," in the Nov. 22 Boston Globe

Poster boy
"Eminem is the pre-eminent figure in American popular culture and, in some ways, the most admirable. Eminem is an activist for just one thing: the truth. He's the poster boy for the new realism.
"We have, it turns out, managed to survive the postmodern era in which, as such eminent French theoreticians as Jean Baudrillard argued, images replaced reality, and the media replaced the world, in which the whole Earth became Disney World and even we ourselves became fabrications.
"The great pop stars of the postmodern era were born in 1958: Madonna, Michael Jackson and Prince. They were shape-shifters, people who actually tried to have no self outside a series of video images. They made perfect pop music: music largely without guts or roots but at its best providing a perfectly crafted, utterly mediated pleasure.
"But in 2002, Madonna is struggling into motherhood and trying to find God. Prince seems to have dissipated, like a fog. Michael Jackson, in his effort to be reduced literally to an image or fantasy, has become a monster, someone at whom it is difficult even to look, a reductio ad absurdum of the postmodern, a demonstration of the limits of power to remake our world into something clean and pretty."
Crispin Sartwell, writing on "Eminem and the New Realism," on Creators Syndicate at www.creators.com


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