Monika Bartyzel at Cinematical has this thoughtful response to a piece in the Denver Post that suggested that it might be dangerous to provide young girls with misleading images of women in action movies who are too capable of defending themselves physically. Because, you see, men as a rule are apparently perfectly capable of the physical feats performed by men in action movies. [Hold for massive eye-roll.]
The Internet buzzed Sunday night and yesterday about Sunday night's great Mad Men episode, "The Suitcase." Vulture does a nice job of using it as a jumping-off point for a slideshow (I know, I know, slideshows are annoying; I recommend them sparingly) demonstrating how Peggy Olson has changed over the years.
I'm pretty sure we've had a discussion here at the blog at some point (I can't find it at the moment) about whether it's better to read a whole book before you start another one, or to read many books at once. They chatted up this topic, as it happens, yesterday on Talk Of The Nation.
Wyclef Jean is not too terribly pleased with comments Sean Penn and former Fugee Pras recently made about his efforts to run for president in Haiti. So he got back at them as only a musician can: in song.
Hey, remember that JetBlue flight attendant who did that thing, and it seemed for a while like he was going to be massively famous, only now it feels like that happened four hundred years ago? He has officially left JetBlue. "He was not fired," says his lawyer. Totally voluntary! He pulled the emergency slide, as they say! Oh, wait.
And finally, in the most anticlimactic announcement American Idol has made since it decided to allow acoustic guitars, Kara DioGuardi has left for real. Young and sensitive female singers will now be left, presumably, to claim that they are huge fans of Jennifer Lopez.