In 1968, during the administration of US President Lyndon B. Johnson, Eartha Kitt encountered a substantial professional setback after she made anti-war statements during a White House luncheon. Kitt was invited to the White House luncheon and was asked by Lady Bird Johnson about the Vietnam War. She replied: “You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot.”
During a question and answer session, Kitt stated:
The children of America are not rebelling for no reason. They are not hippies for no reason at all. We don’t have what we have on Sunset Blvd. for no reason. They are rebelling against something. There are so many things burning the people of this country, particularly mothers. They feel they are going to raise sons — and I know what it’s like, and you have children of your own, Mrs. Johnson — we raise children and send them to war.
Her remarks reportedly caused Mrs. Johnson to burst into tears and led to a derailment in Kitt’s career
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It’s what we can’t do for each other."
from Claudia Rankine, Don’t Let Me Be Lonely
How Glass Magnifies Desire
During the climax of the 2011 film Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Ethan Hunt and a fellow super spy access an interactive, multi-touch car windshield to dynamically plan a faster route as they drive through the crowded streets of Mumbai. The scene illustrates the fantasy that Tom Cruise and Paula Patton can simply reach out and touch a nearby object, demanding that it come awake and respond to their command. Likewise, Robert Downey Jr.’s alter-ego, Tony Stark, when not running a global conglomerate or driving a race car in Monte Carlo, can simply reach out to a free-standing glass panel in his lab for a view of phantom components that comprise the Iron Man suit. The more we see big screen stars interact with intelligent glass, the more we expect that glass surfaces should recognize our presence and invite us to fondle the virtual objects displayed within.
Read more. [Image: Corning Museum of Glass]