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Wednesday, November 22, 2021

If you ever needed further confirmation that Crispin Glover is one strange motherfucker, this trailer for his homemade movie What Is It? more than does the job.

Not that it matters, but the film’s tagline provides something in the way of context:

Being the adventures of a young man whose principle interests are snails, salt, a pipe, and how to get home. As tormented by an hubristic, racist inner psyche.

Oh, then it all makes sense. Especially the naked women with animal masks over their heads.

The grainy video and tinny audio sorta reminds me of something out of Andy Warhol’s Factory filmwork. I doubt we can pin the blame for this one on heroin, though.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/22/2006 08:00 PM
Category: Celebrity, Movies
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Sorry, I couldn’t resist. What more succinct descriptor for news that 3.7 out of every 10 births in the U.S. last year were by unmarried mothers?

Hey, that’s not prudishness on my part; the dictionary definition is quite clear. I guess the stigma in the term “bastard” will fade — or else become exclusively stigmatized, to the point of retaining only it’s swear-word meaning. The idea of being born out of wedlock will become so ordinary that there’ll no negative (nor positive) connotation to it.

And yet, apparently some segment of society seems to retain antiquated notions about it:

While out-of-wedlock births have long been associated with teen mothers, the teenage birth rate in fact dropped last year, to the lowest level on record.

Instead, births among unwed mothers rose most dramatically among women in their 20s.

The overall rise reflected the burgeoning number of people who are putting off marriage or are living together without getting married…

“A lot of people think of teenagers and unmarried mothers synonymously, but they are not driving this,” said Stephanie Ventura of the National Center for Health Statistics, a coauthor of the report.

I’m sorry, but who still associates knocked-up teens with single parents? It’s the 21st Century, folks. I realize most married couples end up having kids because they can’t think of anywhere else to go with the marriage, but no way is it a natural progression these days.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/22/2006 07:02 PM
Category: Society
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