Yesterday, at WestShore Plaza, I found plenty of items that were, in my expert opinion, clearly being marketed to fools with too much money and too little taste.
Let's take a look:
There's nothing more appropriate for a Christmas tree than an ornament that incorporates two symbols of Judaism, don't you think? Clearly, we're looking at a Star of David and a Hanukkah menorah here.
This is Spider-Man eau de toilette. Just who, exactly, is the target market for this item? What little girl wants to smell like Spider-Man? What little boy wants perfume?
More Christmas ornaments. The ESPN ornament looks like a flat-screen TV, and it lights up and plays the SportsCenter theme when you press a button.
The ESPN ornament wouldn't look quite so out of place next to "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" ornaments, I guess. Admittedly, I'm not an expert on Christmas trees and how to decorate them. These plastic tchotchkes, honoring sports highlight shows and science fiction films, just don't seem to reflect the spirit of the holiday as I understand it.
English majors will remember soma as the hallucinogenic drug that the government dispenses -- and encourages people to use often -- in "Brave New World" to keep the populace happy and sedated. It's used to quash bad memories. It is also, apparently, lingerie.