The central story of Chicago wasn't just that cameras captured bloody police violence every evening. It was that the great American TV-viewing public overwhelmingly told pollsters afterwards that they sided with the cops. "That was our shortsightedness," says Krassner. "When we started chanting, 'The whole world is watching, the whole world is watching,' we didn't go to the next step, which was, And how are they gonna feel about it?"
• October's print edition of Reason is now out. I have one article in it, a tribute to the late artist Bruce Conner. Available at better newsstands, and at some of the lamer ones too.
• I participated in yet another film poll at The Cinematheque this week. This time the topic was Asian horror movies.
Finally, a bit of housekeeping: Rona and Maya and I will be leaving Baltimore tomorrow for a nine-month stint in Ann Arbor, where Rona will spend the school year as a Knight-Wallace journalism fellow. This is a homecoming for both of us, since we're both Michigan alums. I've already adjusted myself to the fact that the incoming freshman class wasn't born yet when I was a first-year student in 1988. You know what's harder to deal with? On 9/11, they were in the fifth grade.