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Friday, March 10, 2006

Help Wanted: U.S. Defense Department Seeks Better PR Officers

"Our enemies have skillfully adapted to fighting wars in today's media age, but . . . our country has not adapted. For the most part, the U.S. government still functions as a 'five and dime' store in an eBay world."

--U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, on why al Qaeda is winning hearts and minds, in speech to U.S. Council on Foreign Relation (Thanks to alert WORDster Mark Larson) WORD Note: The WORD will take the next week off for Spring Break, sleeping in and seeking wisdom. Return: 3/20/06

Join Picasso and the rest of the geniuses for some free hysterics

By Camille Blake

February 15, 2006 | What do Einstein, Picasso and Elvis Presley have in common? No, this is not the beginning of some bad joke. Steve Martin seems to think that these are the three greatest minds of the 20th century. One could see his point, Einstein changed physics, Picasso changed art, and Presley well he just looks good.

Martin's play Picasso at the Lapin Agile, is in performance at the Cain Lyric Theatre this week and is free. What free? Students, I cannot recommend a greater way to spend nothing than to sit through an hour of hysterics, bantering and playful adult jokes.

I had no idea what this play was about before going to see it. It starts with a bar that is slanted. The stage is what gives this play edge, so to speak. I can't tell you the exact plot, but it goes something like this, Einstein and Picasso walk into a bar. Really. This is set to take place before both were well know for their craft. We get a glimpse into what these geniuses would have been like in real person. Einstein will always look 86 no matter what age he is and Picasso will be an overly sensitive painter who draws weird women.

What stole the show was Schwendamin, the inventor of asbestos. Everyone loves an outgoing, self-centered, lisp-rasping loud mouth. Just imagine Martin Short in Father of the Bride, but without the accent.

While watching the play, I couldn't help but think about what a great century it really was. We saw the car, television, internet and many things we take for granted come into existence. There were jokes about what each character saw for the future and the afore mentioned were some of them.

It also made me think about what I am going to contribute to this century. I don't paint, think about the universe or sing. The most I can think of leaving behind is a couple of kids and a legacy of sarcasm. But mostly what the play made me realize is that I can have dreams, goals, aspirations of doing something I think is great like write for the New York Times or even better, come up with my own magazine some day. Each of us has something to contribute.

There is not a cheesy moment in the play. I had my doubts, but was proved wrong.


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