Political Flotsam

October 23, 2008 at 11:23 am (election, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , )

First, a funny video I saw originally on Neatorama done by the guys of The Landline, asking the all-important question of “what if Hollywood directors made campaign ads?”

Second, an essay in the New Yorker by David Sedaris, a man I refer to as my “soul brother”, called Undecided.  Here’s a smidgen:

I didn’t vote again until 1976, when I was nineteen and legally registered. Because I was at college out of state, I sent my ballot through the mail. The choice that year was between Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. Most of my friends were going for Carter, but, as an art major, I identified myself as a maverick. “That means an original,” I told my roommate. “Someone who lets the chips fall where they may.” Because I made my own rules and didn’t give a damn what anyone else thought of them, I decided to write in the name of Jerry Brown, who, it was rumored, liked to smoke pot. This was an issue very close to my heart—too close, obviously, as it amounted to a complete waste. Still, though, it taught me a valuable lesson: calling yourself a maverick is a sure sign that you’re not one.

The essay is great, but honestly not up to Sedaris’ usual standards.  Still read it, because a subpar Sedaris essay is still better than most others.

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1 Comment

  1. False Nails · said,

    there are so many funny videos on the internet to watch, i can laugh all day watching funny videos -“;

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