The Nose: Big Ideas, The End Of Playtime, And Winners & Losers In Walkouts

Aug 19, 2011

For The Nose, we try to round up a posse of ideas that reflect the serious and playful sides of the week in culture. And culture has been unbusually giving this week. We're just getting to know Rick Perry, a guy who has already (kind of) threatened the Fed Chief, said there are some gaps in the theory or evolution, declared climate change and a non-issue and, well, he's just getting warmed up.

Some of us were intrigued by Neil Gabler's New York Times essay declaring this a "post-ideas" era, in which there are no new Big Ideas in the pipeline to replace the Big Bang, the feminine mystique, relativity, the end of history and the Death of God -- former celebrity ideas, if you will.

In last Sunday's Courant, an op-ed piece on the elimination of play from kindergarten got our panelists thinking about the importance of play all through life.

Anderson Cooper cracked up over a stupid joke on CNN and Abercrombie and Fitch told The Situation... Well, you'll have to listen.

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