In a piece for Vanity Fair, Kurt Andersen argues that for the first time in recent history, American pop culture (fashion, art, music, design, entertainment) hasn’t changed dramatically in the past 20 years.
Not long ago in the newspaper, I came across an archival photograph of Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell with a dozen of their young staff at Morgans, the Ur-boutique hotel, in 1985. It was an epiphany. Schrager’s dress shirt had no collar and some of the hair on his male employees was a bit unfashionably fluffy, but no one in the picture looks obviously, laughably dated by today’s standards. If you passed someone who looked like any of them, you wouldn’t think twice. Yet if, in 1990 or 1980 or 1970, you’d examined a comparable picture from 27 years earlier—from 1963 and 1953 and 1943, respectively—it would be a glimpse back into an unmistakably different world. A man or woman on the street in any year in the 20th century groomed and dressed in the manner of someone from 27 years earlier would look like a time traveler, an actor in costume, a freak. And until recently it didn’t take even that long for datedness to kick in: by the late 1980s, for instance, less than a decade after the previous decade had ended, the 1970s already looked ridiculous.
Biggest revelation of MI4 — Tom Cruise has stopped grinning like a maniac, and is instantly more likeable. Anil Kapoor, though. Oy. What to say?
Ye Olde vs Modern English
Olde samples via Jane Austen
“It is more than I engage for, I assure you.”__________________“Huh-uh.”
“Dare I say my eye might have misjudged the possibility?”________“Really?”
“I see no occasion for that.”_____________________________“Whaaa?”
“That is not an unnatural surmise.”________________________“Maybe.”
“Upon my honour I have not the smallest of objections.”__________“Oh. Okay.”
May I introduce you to Bobilli Vijay Kumar, the National Sports Editor (yes!) of the TOI, who once described Raj Singh Dungarpur as the ‘uncrowned father of Indian cricket’.
This gentleman had the following to say about the Tiger Woods…er…affair, in a National newspapers blog, and he wasnt joking…
“Tiger Woods is finally realising that life is not always a bed of roses. He has slept in so many, anyway, that he would have known that a prickly one was just a birdie away.
However, even in his wildest dreams (and as we know now he does have wild dreams, even if you don’t count kinky sex or foursomes), he wouldn’t have expected that he would end paying such a heavy price. Will he really need to put away his club to save the marriage?”
If youre still on your chair, read the whole post over at the TOI website – its an absolute riot! I cant quote the whole thing here!
YES MADAM SIR, the inspiring non-fiction feature film by award-winning Australian filmmaker, Megan Doneman, on the life story of India’s most controversial revolutionary, Kiran Bedi. Narrated by Academy Award© winner Helen Mirren, and filmed over six years, YES MADAM, SIR has been scooping the awards and garnering rave reviews during its run on the worldwide film festival circuit.
- Winner Audience Award, Best Documentary, Adelaide International Film Festival 2009
- Winner Best Documentary, Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2009
- Winner Fund for Social Justice Award, Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2009