Here are some interesting links for your Thursday enjoyment. We've got a good mix of thought provoking and dumb-funny. 1.
Yesterday, The New York Times
ran an interesting article
about the disparity between critics' reviews of current blockbusters (Pirates II, Da Vinci) and their undeniable box office popularity. The only problem I have with the article is the underlying assumption that something is amiss when there's a disconnect between critics and the audience. I don't see why a critic needs to be able to tell what will be a smash hit and what won't.2. The New Yorker chronicles the experience
of a struggling rapper who was shot in the butt on the way to a radio interview and did the interview anyway.
"What was I supposed to tell a powerful influence like Flex, at Hot 97? ҙou know what, Flex? I'm sorry, man. I can't do the show. I was standing downstairs—got shot in the ass.' What, are you nuts? Right? It wouldn't make any sense. So I had to do what I had to do."
The article then addresses the larger issue of sanctified business violence in the mob & rap worlds. It fascinated me. Warning: It's really
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