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Below is a press release I just received that manages to combine Britney Spears and genocide in a tidy self-help PR package. Hanala Stadner, the daughter of holocaust survivors and “survivor of her own addictions,” offers her very own candid take on Britney Spears:
L.A. CELEBRITY ADDICTION EXPERT
COMMENTS ON BRITNEY CUSTODY RULING
AND ROOT CAUSES OF BAD-GIRL BEHAVIOR
Hanala Stadner, best-selling self-help author, network media commentator and long-time host of her own L.A. talkshow, offers her own very candid take on yesterday’s Britney Spears custody ruling and the string of celebrity indulgences and bad behavior infecting Hollywood–and fascinating the public . . .
Is Britney really to blame–or is it a lack of parental support and a celebrity-addicted public?
The survivor of her own addictions (alcoholism, eating disorder and drugs–all under the glare of the media spotlight) and the daughter of Holocaust survivors, Hanala blended her own recovery experiences with humor to help others.
She is the author of “My Parents Went Through the Holocaust and All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt”, and a regular guest on the CBS Early Show, Dateline, Extra and others. She was also the host of the local L.A. talk show “The Suzan Stadner Show” for many years.
Classy. So very, very classy.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”