for23 October 1996. Updated every WEDNESDAY.

 
 

SOUNDS FAMILIAR...

Gene Siskel: "I've never really gotten off on being negative, although I am most of the time." [TV Guide, 10/5/96]

Tom Hanks, on returning to host Saturday Night Live: "It's great to come back here and see all the people I've avoided like the plague for the last few years while the show sucked. " [Entertainment Weekly, 10/11/96]

TV megaproducer Steven Bochco, on his critics: "The overwhelming majority of those folks are dopes." [Entertainment Weekly, 10/11/96]

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David Lapham, author of comic book series "Stray Bullets": "I'm trying to hurt people emotionally." [Spin, 11/96]

 
 

 

MIME AND PUNISHMENT

"Under a new program to improve traffic safety in downtown Bogotá, [Colombia,] jaywalkers will be pulled over and publicly ridiculed by white-faced mime artists, according to a report yesterday." [Reuters, 10/14/96]

 

CRUEL VS. UNUSUAL

A punishing paradigm for a punishing world.

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HEADLINE O' THE MONTH

"Old Navy May Fill Gray Lady" [San Francisco Chronicle, 10/9/96]

 

OVERSTATEMENT O' THE WEEK

McDonald's Executive Chef Andrew Selvaggio: "Arch Deluxe, the first month, [had] 100 million orders. I'm touching that many people's lives." [Newsweek, 10/7/96]

 

INSIGHT DU JOUR

Chi Chi Valenti, sysop of "Click & Drag," a weekly New York cyber-fetish performance:
"I get all this email from people talking about the configuration of their computers in the same loving, detailed manner that one would talk about a pair of high heels. We realized that people were relating to them in the same way one would to an s/m fetish." [Village Voice, 10/1/96]

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COP THAT NAKED ATTITUDE

Bruce Sterling: "Throwing off all your clothes is the cheapest, quickest way that was ever invented to cop an attitude. It's also a cool youth culture solidarity move. Young people look great without clothes. Young people don't need them." [Wired, 11/96]

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