Who Says Professors Can't Be Poetic? My friend Sandy Piderit recently returned from a couple weeks in Europe with the family, and decamped to Cleveland Heights with a new appreciation for the reinvigoration that vacations provide. "I am amazed at how refreshed I feel. It is as if my body and mind have rediscovered the beauty of an adagio movement in a symphony." But being the good management thinker she is, her inquiry didn't stop there. She also takes up the larger business issue of vacation policies.
Sneak Preview of a Screen Godess. My wife was good enough to feed my Woody Allen fixation, by coming up with a pair of tickets to a sneak preview last night at Shaker Square Cinema of Woody's latest flick, Scoop. Woody's nervous, twitching schtick is getting really old now that he's a rheumy-eyed elderly gentlemen (with all the accumulated barnacles from his messy personal life), whose Brooklyn accent has long since become positively cloying. By now, it's almost impossible to remember how fresh and new his mannerisms seemed 30 years ago in Annie Hall, still one of my favorite movies ever. But he does still manage to get off some great lines in the new one. Of course, the real attraction is the dazzling Scarlett Johansson, whom I could watch on screen for, oh, about 25 hours before needing to get up and move around. And in this movie she plays an aspiring reporter who briefly dons a swim suit to get the story. Be still, my heart. I think I'll go see it again this weekend, just to bask in the technical accomplishments of this film, though...You can read more about Woody's thoughts on his career in this Q&A in Premiere Magazine.
Case Squib. I wrote a small piece on an interesting student-written guidebook to Case Western Reserve Univ. for this week's Free Times. It's in City Chatter (fourth item, right above Anastasia's review of Blogapallooza). The book comprehensively rates a host of factors that students would care about when choosing a school. But I was struck by the fact that nowhere in the book does it ever even allude to the never-ending management turmoil of the university. Does that mean that these things don't mean much to students, or just that they don't always notice? You tell me...
I Always Knew We Shared Something. I've mentioned J.D. Lasica more than once. He's a brilliant Bay Area-based writer who covers emerging digital media better than just about anyone. But then, he's been on this beat for at least a decade, ever since he covered new media in a decidedly old-media publication, the American Journalism Review, which didn't even have a companion website when Lasica began writing his column. I share many of his views about where journalism and media are headed, but I didn't know until today that we shared something else, as well: a birthday. Happy birthday, J.D.