February 17, 2004
Looking for love, take two

I am moderating a panel this week that I organized for America's Future Foundation (a great organization, and publisher of Brainwash, for which I serve as arts and culture editor). The roundtable will take place on Wednesday, February 18, at the Fund for American Studies (1706 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC). Drinks will begin at 7:00 p.m., with food and discussion following at 7:30 p.m. The event is free, but RSVPs are appreciated.

Valentine's was just a few days ago, and the discussion will focus on the new frontier of online dating. Panelists will explore such questions as: Why are so many young, attractive, successful women looking on the Internet for dates? Why can't they find a partner in their social networks? Is this changing dating in some meaningful way? Has old-fashioned courtship completely died? And is this a good or a bad thing?

Speakers include Laura Boswell, a freelance writer who recently wrote an amusing article on her adventures on Match.com for The Washington Post Magazine; Angela Phelps from Concerned Women for America; Kira Siddall, an advertising consultant; and Will Wilkinson, no stranger to online dating himself.

It promises to be a lot of fun, and enlightening, too. I hope to see some of you there.

February 16, 2004
The other Osama

My latest Brainwash column is now online, a review of the new Afghan film Osama:

You can read all you want in newspapers and magazines about the plight of Afghan women in the late 1990s, but, I reflected during the movie, you need to see it to truly understand it. Thatís what this movie does. The Taliban ran a police state every bit as terrifying as that in George Orwellís 1984. But then, isnít 1984 also words, in black and white? Itís something of a paradox that only art truly makes real life concrete and understandable... [More]