Huffington turns her considerable charisma on the children at her feet. “Who likes to nap?” she asks. “You know, in the AOL–Huffington Post offices we have two nap rooms, and grown-up people like me can even go in in the middle of the day and take a nap, and then they can come out…
This is probably my favorite thing I’ve written all year, a piece on the Chartbeatization of the news cycle that ran in the now-departed online magazine U+Me. Many thanks to Chris Kaye for being an awesome editor there.
if all this katie roiphe talk results in the return of wendy shalit and that harvard (or yale?) (lol what’s the difference) dude who wrote one of those awful ‘new conservative’ books in the late ’90s that i had to read for my job at barnes and noble dot com, you are all fired
Which lines from these writeups of Jack And Jill were written by The Awl’s Alex Balk, and which were penned by New York Press City Arts contrarian-in-residence Armond White? You guess!
1. “Sandler’s willingness to appear “dumb” is what makes his films so cathartic. He thrives on being unembarrassed—the key to classic comedy going back to the Greeks.”
2. “In an era where the dominance of the patriarchy is widely assumed to be in its twilight, Jill, and her contentious relationship with Jack, represents the anxieties many men are feeling when they think about the future.”
3. “One gets the sense that Sandler and director Dennis Dugan are using farce to mask the more serious points they want to get across about who we are and how we define ourselves in a stark and uncaring world.”
4. “Appreciation of roots and background is what gives the film’s overlong but uproarious Al Pacino subplot its basis—it’s both crazily romantic and a professional salute. That’s because Sandler knows how our plumbing works.”
5. “To have an actor who is so frequently accused of playing himself actually playing himself as an addled version of Al Pacino—one who falls for the feminine side of the lead character’s struggle in duality—could easily have been a step too far, but the depth of thought that Sandler’s creative team has put into the whole project makes the whole thing work on an entirely new plane of personal exploration.”
6. “In Jill drag, Sandler looks like young women you see on the subway; she’s a homely archetype Fanny Brice, Judy Canova and Martha Raye made popular. (Eddie Murphy also mastered this comic affection in The Klumps and Norbit.)”
(answers: 2, 3, 5 Balk; 1, 4, 6 White. The real punchline, of course, comes in the tags of Balk’s post!)