by Max Brantley
Sorry. Things to do. Stuff to buy. "Bad Santa" to watch. The line is open. Final words:
* GOODWILL TO MEN: A commenter on an earlier thread and a correspondent send word that the Russellville City Council this morning repudiated homophobic City Council member Paul Northcut, the putative minister who wrote an e-mail protesting reappointment of Nick Patel to the Planning Commission because Patel thought the city tread on shaky ground in talking about banning a proposed business on account of possible sexual orientation. (A nightclub attracting gay clients.) According to one commenter, the council censured Northcut. I'll be looking for more info.
* BENTONVILLE ZOOMS TO THE TOP: Travel and Leisure magazine puts Bentonville, Ark., on its list of the hottest travel destinations of 2012, exotic places from Sri Lanka to Mozambique, with Brazil and others thrown in. The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is, of course, the draw.
The museum is already being touted by some as a countrified Guggenheim Bilbao—and Walton herself as a latter-day Morgan or Frick, digging deep into her pockets and dreaming big. This may be enough to attract culture seekers from around the country, if not the world. But there’s another enticement. In true Walmart spirit, they’re rolling back prices here, too: admission is free.