At the end of past spring classes I’d
spend weeks in a thick-headed fog, obsessing over the state of America’s
education system; I was confused by our simultaneous political
demonization of China and our dependence on Chinese students to grow and
improve our science and technology departments.Wow, I used to think. Then in spring 2009 — after three years of teaching it — I realized how piously I had been thinking.
On April 15, Cincinnatians focused their
attention on a nearly 400-year-old city 800 miles from us because, in
the grand scheme of things, that’s really not so far away. We watched, listened
and talked about what happened to hundreds of people at the finish line
of the world’s most famous marathon.
MONDAY APRIL 15: Believe it or not, a cruise ship full of
people are miserable and pissed off. In the most recent case of this
happening, a seven-day Caribbean cruise on a Crown Princess ship turned
real un-fun after the toilets stopped flushing.
Ohio CEOs are making more than 160 times more than the
average Ohioan, according to a new report from the AFL-CIO. In 2012, the
average CEO salary was about $6.2 million; the rest of us teeter around
$39,000. CINCINNATI -1
A couple of months ago, I started seeing
the words “Harlem Shake” out of the side of my eye at an increasing
rate. Natural, mindless curiosity — which creates the “viralness” of a
cyber phenom — would usually have me clicking to see what this thing — … song? … dance? … video? — was all about.
The only movie I can clearly recall seeing on the West Side screen is Lady Sings the Blues in 1972. My parents were finally splitting up the
same year that movie came out and I took to the darkness in movie
theaters from that point on as my own private Idaho of insular thinking,
mourning and disappearance. Darkness: visible.
Positively Cleveland offered me
the chance to experience the Indie Cleveland vibe (based around the
opening weekend of the 37th annual Cleveland International Film
Festival), so I signed on for the press tour, but I was skeptical. Would
it cramp my style, force me into a box of pre-packaged highlights with
little of my own vaunted trial and error?
WEDNESDAY APRIL 3: Weed, gay marriage, what’s next?
Apparently, the next liberal trend to sweep the nation will be bringing
your pet along to work with you so you can both be miserable and
Westwood's 170-year-old Gamble House, the pink
Victorian mansion once inhabited by the inventor of Ivory soap, was
demolished after years of efforts by neighbors and preservationists to
keep the property alive. CINCINNATI -2