Tue. November 20
The Daily Scene
Chief Justice Roberts shares the Esquire honor with Lena Dunham, the star of an Obama campaign ad and the creator and star of the HBO series about 20-something sexual angst called “Girls.”
Everyone knows the girls are clobbering the boys in school. They get higher marks and graduate at higher rates. Women have stormed the gates of medicine and law. They’ve all but taken over pharmacy and veterinary work. They are focused, purposeful and diligent. Their brothers, meanwhile, are in the basement playing video games.
“Call me Ishmael” said Paul Dano — and we were off, having just embarked upon the city’s first Moby Dick marathon, an audacious attempt to read the entirety of Melville’s work in three days and across three bookstores in Manhattan and, of course, Brooklyn.
Billy Wilkerson was nervous. It was July 1946, and The Hollywood Reporter owner, editor and publisher was preparing to embark on a landmark campaign that would expose communists working in Hollywood. He would name the alleged Reds in his “Tradeviews” column and expose this lurking menace.
Liberals, it seems, are more adept than conservatives at satire and parody.