Hollywood sets styles, captures imaginations, touches dreams. Worldwide, movies provide people with much of what they think about America. Yet, the 5,765 voting members of the Academy are far from representative of the moviegoing public.
And, tomorrow, when I eat a piece of double-layer spice cake with cream cheese frosting (just for example), I will curse my mother. She smoked like a fiend, fasted when pregnant with me and probably force-fed me formula from a bottle.
This disrespectful scoff at the legal requirements for transparency occurred in the most populous county in the nation's most populous state. And, as reported in the largest newspaper in the western U.S., there was nothing to indicate even a scintilla of remorse, outrage or apology.
We used to use things like hammers or cars to augment our physical abilities. But computers and phones augment our mental capabilities by allowing us to store and access information outside of our brains.
It's not that the end of my newspaper career was devastating, even if it was definitely surprising, since I thought it was going great... 44 years, the last 32 at the Los Angeles Times, 2006 winner of the basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Award... to the day I was laid off.