Sure, the new double-digit unemployment numbers may be a sad sign of our recession, but I think this picture the Sex Pigeon folks posted is the most pathetic display of the tough times we live in. You can’t even crash a party anymore without public humiliation.

Even though it hasn’t screened yet locally, folks are talking about a new film on its way here. It’s Examined Life, by sociologist and documentarian Astra Taylor. The film is a series of vignettes of star-philosophers doing their thing: that is, examining life in random, or perhaps not-so-random, corners of the globe. For example, one scene follows gender theorist Judith Butler strolling through the Mission District, “questioning our culture’s fixation on individualism.” Hmm, wonder why they chose the Mission for that subject… Coming to the Bay Area next Friday.

Lydia Chávez

I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor at Berkeley’s J-school since 1990. My earlier career was at The New York Times working for the business, foreign and city desks. As an old...

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