- The Washington Times - Monday, May 30, 2005

‘Megalomaniac’

“When Ken Tomlinson, chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, suggested that PBS was maybe a smidgen left of center, [former PBS host Bill] Moyers began his lengthy public nervous breakdown. Already well-known as an insufferable jerk, it turns out Moyers is also a crazy megalomaniac, too.

“In a recent speech … Moyers responded to his critics by reading from his fan mail, reading favorable news articles about himself, and comparing himself to Jesus Christ. … If it were possible that he actually believed in God, PBS would be doing a special report on Moyers after a remark like that.

“Moyers has clearly reached the next-to-last stage of the megalomaniac’s life cycle: the persecution complex. …

“According to Moyers, the reason these right-wing radicals focused on him … is that he ‘didn’t play by the conventional rules of Beltway journalism.’ (That and the giant piece of tinfoil on his head.)”

-Ann Coulter, writing on “What left-wing PBS bias?” Wednesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

For $38K a year

“I think that most Harvard students come to college with great expectations for either debauchery, or romance, or both ” consequence-free sex and true love, the great promise of the sexual revolution ” and for the most part, they’re disappointed by what they find. But this doesn’t mean that anyone’s rethinking the sexual revolution itself; it just means that everyone complains a lot about how little sex they’re having. …

“[T]he environment of the place is career-focused rather than learning-focused, and … the curriculum makes it easy to skate through without being challenged. … And the number of people who … make academics the center of their Harvard experience is far smaller than it should be. …

“The prevailing attitude seems to be that ?if you’re smart enough to get into Harvard, you’re smart enough to get what you want out of it’ ? which sounds swell, until you consider that however smart Harvard students may be, they’re also just teenagers away from home for the first time, with all the confusion that entails.?

-Ross Douthat, recent Harvard University graduate and author of “Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class,” interviewed Thursday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Loser’s fantasy

“In Woody Allen’s new film ‘Melinda and Melinda,’ Hobie (Will Ferrell) is an out-of-work actor married to Susan (Amanda Peet), an ambitious filmmaker preoccupied with raising money for her independent movie. … Bored with his unfulfilling marriage, Hobie soon falls for his offbeat-but-passionate neighbor Melinda (Radha Mitchell). …

‘Sound familiar’ Recent films like ‘Closer,’ ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,’ and ‘Garden State’ have employed the same cinematic formula: An emotionally reserved man bored with his life falls in love with a quirky, free-spirited woman who rekindles his joie de vivre. …

“What makes this relationship prototype seem disingenuous is that it embodies a loser’s rescue fantasy. … Even though this reversed damsel-in-distress scenario has a modern face, this far-fetched relationship only further widens the gulf between the worlds of men and women, leaving the man in his emotional quagmire and the woman with nothing else to do but take care of him.”

-JiJi Lee, writing on “Modern Love,” Wednesday in the New Republic Online at www.tnr.com

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