Tom and Nicole breakup, or why the N.Y. Times should be free
KARA OPPENHEIM - COLUMNIST
other day I was walking down a hallway in my dorm when I stopped
to read what someone had written on their dry-erase board. It was
late at night so I can't quote precisely, but it said something
along the lines of "NEWS: Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are separating,"
and then went on to bemoan the breakup of Hollywood's supercouple.
Later that night, I was speaking to some friends from home and generously
shared my newfound knowledge. "Yeah, I heard that a few days ago,"
one said. "I know!!!" exclaimed another. "I think someone told me
that yesterday." "Old news." OLD NEWS???? How had I not heard this
earlier? What was wrong with me? Is the Bowdoin bubble that impenetrable?
musical love affair, Napster
BEN GOTT - COLUMNIST
didn't go to Napster to download the new Dave Matthews Band song
because I was excited to hear it. I downloaded the song because
I was afraid. You see, after recording a majority of songs for the
new album with veteran producer Steve Lillywhite, Dave and the band
went on vacation and, on their return, promptly fired Lillywhite.
I'm not sure what brought on this crisis of modern music (Lillywhite
practically invented the "big drum" sound that has characterized
much of the Dave Matthews Band's sound during his work with XTC
and Peter Gabriel during the late 1970s and early 1980s), but that
wasn't what made me the most afraid. What made me the most afraid
was that, in Lillywhite's place, Matthews hired Glen Ballard.
superficiality this Valentine's Day