Allen Ginsberg said, “Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture.” Boy, was that an understatement. My wife and I saw the movie Howl today, and while Ginsberg’s homoerotic poetry may not be everyone’s cup of tea, he was still a pivotal fixture in our culture — if for no other reason than his bravery. His work would ruffle feathers even today; imagine during the puritan 50’s. I mean paeans to buggery doesn’t play well in Des Moines. There’s much discussed herein. A ventilation suite of sorts. My problem is that I expect too much from people. Not a lot, mind you, just too much. I expect people to apply basic critical thinking. I expect them to only opine about things and subject they know something about. I believe in a meritocracy where excellence is rewarded and not the perception of such. I know, I’m a schmuck.