Friday, April 27, 2007

Yucking it Up

Manohla Dargis's New York Times review of Robinson Devor's horse-on-men sex documentary "Zoo" includes this sentence:
"It is, after all, difficult to sing of the bodies electric and equine amid a chorus of 'yucks.'"
The first thing I thought of when I saw the word "yucks" was that I wouldn't have spelled it that way. I associate the word "yucks" with laughs, as in "let's get together and have a few yucks."

Given the onomatopoetic usage of the word, I somehow expected a different spelling, like "yuch" or the more Mad Magazine-like "ycch."

These days, the verbal expression of disgust is more likely to be "Eeeewwww!" or "I just threw up in my mouth" or "Oh no you dih-int!" But then, given the subject matter of the film -- a group of men in the Great Northwest who used to get together, have a few drinks, and then go out to the barn to show Trigger a really good time -- I suppose open guffawing just as likely a response.

Let's face it, however artfully crafted the film may be, however haunting its imagery, it's still about guys who enjoy being humped by horses. I don't feel the least bit unenlightened or loutish or repressed or even Republican in saying that that's just plain, freakin' weird.

So naturally I have no interest in seeing the film. I mean, I enjoy documentaries, and I'm as open-minded as they come, but I can't even imagine being interested in something this... yucky.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Author Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84 - Yahoo! News

Author Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84 - Yahoo! News: "Vonnegut, regarded by many critics as a key influence in shaping 20th-century American literature, died Wednesday at 84. He had suffered brain injuries after a recent fall at his Manhattan home, said his wife, photographer Jill Krementz."

So it goes.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Satellite Radio Combination Criticized: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Satellite Radio Combination Criticized: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance: "Because there will be fewer channels and programs operated by a combined monopolistic entity, there will be less demand for innovation and a fresh supply of creative new talent and material,' The Carmel Group wrote."

If I knew of an effective way to express a spit-take in words, I'd do it right now.

According to this story, the Carmel Group was hired by the National Association of Broadcasters, an organization that clearly knows something about stifiling innovation and creativity.

Give me a freakin' break.