Dude, Where’s Your Car?

I’m currently holed up on Cape Cod, doing little more than eating fried clam rolls and reading Philip Hoare’s thunderously good book The Whale, hence the silence around these parts (save for a quick appearance on WBUR to talk about my Boston Globe piece, “Trooper Down”).

But just a quick note to say my latest Slate column is up; it’s on how people without cars, or who don’t drive, are depicted in Hollywood films, and many of the ideas came from your good submissions to my earlier blog post. So thanks, and I’ll be back next week.

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5 Responses to “Dude, Where’s Your Car?”

  1. David Moulton Says:

    Have a nice vacation! I enjoyed your “Trooper Down” piece.

  2. Noah Says:

    I forgot to respond to your cars in movies post, but there’s on that’s coming out that looks promising. It’s a bike messenger action movie called “Premium Rush.” They’re still filming, but there are some photos from on-set out there.

  3. Nate Briggs Says:


    Really impressed by the SLATE article. And I absolutely think that the time you spent discussing THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN was valuable. Steve Carell’s bicycle commute near the beginning of the film expresses everything, everything, EVERYTHING about how the bicycle was viewed at the time of the movie – and how many motorists look at it, now.

    I believe that biologists refer to “display behavior” when talking about males trying to attract mates. Carell’s ride was exactly the opposite of display behavior.

    Keep up the good work.

    – Nate (SLC)

  4. Michael Prager Says:

    Great Slate piece. If movies helped making smoking cool and sell cigarettes, then maybe movies can help promote car sharing, walking, biking and public transit. Movies don’t show that much driving (who wants to watch people drive) and when they do it looks like happy driving on short trips with little traffic. Like car commercials, there are scenic things to look at or intersting conversations in the car, not one person driving alone in traffic for an hour down an ugly street.

  5. Philipp Angermeyer Says:

    Not really about carlessness, but watching the Wizard of Oz with my daughter, I had to wonder how Miss Gulch influenced Hollywood’s take on bike-riding…
    Great article!

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