The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Friday, November 19, 2004  

Items in the News, Or Not
November 19, 2004

Hound This [*]
I have no idea what the heck "The Power of Nightmares" is or are, but I trust my friend Vaara (Jeopardy! [Ed.: It's a Finnish thing.]) of Silt knows what it's about since, after all, he's been hounding the subject for weeks.

Chilly Relations [*]
Marital divorce became legal in Chile for the first time ever today. According to El Mercurio (Santiago), there were 52 filings on the first day. [Linked story written in Spanish.]

Red States Lagging [*]
This is likely of interest to no one except me, but last Sunday I changed the service I use to measure traffic coming to the site. The new service shows, among other things, the states (and countries) from which readers access the blog. In the last five days (actually, within the first three days) American visitors arrived from 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Just three states have yet to show up on the referral log, all of them red states: Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. As for foreign visitors, the following countries have appeared, roughly in order from the greatest number to the least: Canada, England, Australia, Ireland, South Africa, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, Mexico, New Zealand, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Hungary, Brazil, Finland, Spain, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, and others.

File Under . . .
Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

A Whole Lot of Legos
Ten tons of illegal imitation Lego building blocks seized by Finnish customs officials were crushed yesterday in order to produce electricity for the city of Lahti. Pratical people, those Finns.

Mixed Reviews
As expected, the expansion of the Museum of Modern Art is garnering mixed reviews. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times calls it "a triumph of formal restraint and practical design - an eloquent reaffirmation, within its galleries, of the enduring beauty of the Modern's historic, albeit tendentious, account of modernism." Neoconservative grouch Hilton Kramer, writing in the New York Observer, calls it "grossly expanded and grossly expensive," adding "almost everything about it has the character of an anachronism." The museum, at 11 West 53rd St., New York, reopens to the public tomorrow.

Coincidence or Conspiracy?
Hmmm . . . Rolling Stone magazine has decided that the greatest rock 'n' roll song of all time is . . . "Like a Rolling Stone."

A Gentle Reminder
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