That is an illustration of George Clooney that was done for Third's "Clooney's Dark Secrets" (part of the summer fiction read of 2009 -- each year at Third we do a summer fiction read week). And Betty's kids and Wally did the illustration.
I used to love George Clooney. But he has made too many boring movies in which he gave the same performance during the last ten years. I cringe just at the thought of another Clooney film.
So when I saw Martin Frost had a column at POLITICO, I thought, "Mr. Frost is a centrist with many problems, but possibly this would be worth reading."
George Clooney's new film, Mr. Frost frets, will depress voter turnout in 2012. It is about a John Edwards-like politician. Oh! My!
You know what, I still do not plan to see it because I just cannot stand Mr. Clooney anymore; however, if that is a possibility, I applaud Mr. Clooney.
I know he takes voting and politics very seriously.
If his movie might depress voter turnout, good for him because making it demonstrates that he put his art first. I have not felt that way about him since The Perfect Storm.
And, in the end, we are responsible for ourselves. A movie does not make you do anything -- except maybe straighten your hair if you came of age, as I did, when Sandra Dee with her tiny nose and straight hair were all the rage. (I kept my nose, but I did straighten my hair.) Even then, I was the one responsible for what I did. No one else.
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