Wed. February 6
The Daily Scene
Though Jennifer Lawrence joked, “I’m going to wear sweatpants,” it turns out just the opposite is true. “Last time was comfort. This year, I’m like, ‘Suck it up, wear a corset,’” she said. “I am going to go for fashion this time.” Last year, before donning her skintight red Calvin Klein Collection number, “I ate a Philly cheesesteak and fries, and I was like ‘This is definitely going to help,’” she said. “It didn’t, ’cause I had to double-Spanx it.”
If you asked me to describe the rising philosophy of the day, I’d say it is data-ism. We now have the ability to gather huge amounts of data. This ability seems to carry with it certain cultural assumptions — that everything that can be measured should be measured; that data is a transparent and reliable lens that allows us to filter out emotionalism and ideology; that data will help us do remarkable things — like foretell the future.
Those who eat like Greeks feel more inspired, alert, excited, active, inspired, determined, attentive, proud, and enthusiastic than those who consume a more typically American diet consisting of highly processed foods, soda, and sweets like cookies and doughnuts. People who eat foods associated with a Mediterranean diet also experienced less negative emotions like being afraid, nervous, upset, irritable, scared, hostile, and distressed.
Sorry, but I’m not going to stop saying I’m sorry.
Richard III may now get fairer treatment than the spin-doctoring playwright offered 420 years ago. Richard should be admired even today. After all, here is a monarch who abolished press censorship, invented the right to bail for people awaiting trial, reformed the country’s finances, and led bravely in battle despite a crippling disability.