March 18, 2010
“How Oscars Ruin a Marriage”
Before the details of Sandra Bullock’s cheating husband get more salacious, you might want to read Nicole La Porte’s thoughtful piece from The Daily Beast.
“Texts Without Context”
And if you’ve ever wondered how all the new media and information technology is altering the cultural and political landscape– and even your own sense of self, as you read this–definitely check out Michiko Kakutani’s excellent piece from The New York Times.
December 3, 2009
If you’re Tiger Woods, you buy her off.
Nothing says “I love you and I’m sorry for hitting 4 holes in one with the girls when you were under the impression that I was just off to hit 18 holes of golf with the guys” than renegotiating your pre nuptual agreement.
After 3 women have now come forward to reveal that they were having long term affairs with Mr. Woods, it’s no longer possible for him to claim that he kept his 9 iron in his golf bag and that 69 was simply par for the course.
Tiger is learning that his “I’m not a player, I just crush a lot” cheating and getting caught and caught and caught is basically a numbers game. Big numbers. Especially if the vast majority of your annual $100 million income comes from endorsement deals which depend on your squeaky clean above the fray gentleman image.
And some of us are just now learning how contemporary high profile marriages, much like royal marriages we read about in history books, are pure and simple business arrangements.
Tiger, you silly rabbit, you’re reminding us that romances without the tricks are for kids.
The Daily Beast reports that it ” has learned exclusively that the beleaguered golfer is negotiating an immediate $5 million payout to his wife—and revising her prenup to give her as much as $55 million more to stay with him two more years.”
Read the story here.
December 1, 2009
“Since she turned up on his arm in early 2002, Woods’ wife, Elin Nordegren, has been not just a cipher but a consummate match for her husband—classy and elusive, and from a smart, well-to-do Swedish family,” writes The Daily Beast‘s Jacob Bernstein. So he is admittedly “confounded by reports that Nordegren may have ‘gone ghetto’ on Woods after allegedly hearing that he was having an affair.”
I suggest Mr Bernstein listen to Jasmine Sullivan’s “Bust your windows,” not only because it is one of the best songs of 2009 but because it so eloquently and rationally explains how things might have escalated and why Mrs Woods may have “gone country club” on Mr Woods’ Escalade.
I have a really good feeling that Ms Sullivan might be able to unravel “The Mysterious Mrs. Woods” for Mr Bernstein. And for Mr Woods, too.