Monthly Archives: September 2010

When Artists are Assholes

In his book That Uncertain Feeling, Kingsley Amis’s protagonist, while watching some young women play tennis, reflects on an important question: "Why did I like women’s breasts so much? I was clear on why I liked them, thanks, but why … Continue reading

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Jimmy Carter—A Modest Defense

A commenter in my previous post has some harsh words for former president Jimmy Carter, in the wake of the latter’s recent statement that his “role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents”: His post-Presidential … Continue reading

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"Probable" Good Beers and Good Ex-Presidents

Jimmy Carter telling Brian Williams, “I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents” reminds me of this classic Carlsberg sign in Copenhagen: The Carter Center does do some great work, and … Continue reading

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The Information Economy is Good For Workers With Lots of Information

This piece by Stephen Rose in the NYT argues that while in the short term the economy will eventually recover all the job losses caused by the recession, we have a larger problem ahead: In the long term, however, we … Continue reading

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George Will to World: "You’re already dead! Everybody! Him! You! You’re dead already. Everything you see is gone!"

In his column for Newsweek, George Will unveils a surprising new tactic in his climate change denialist playbook. Rather than continue his hitherto preferred debate method of just deliberately spreading distortions and misinformation, he’s now going at the issue by … Continue reading

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The "Last Men" and American Decline

In his column today, David Brooks sees a parallel between today’s America and 20th century Britain, whose decline from imperial and economic world domination began with a society-wide shift in cultural values: "[T]he great-great-grandchildren of the empire builders withdrew from … Continue reading

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Easing Back In

This is a cop-out return post, but I haven’t really checked the internet in over two weeks so I have no idea what the hell is going on. So here’s what I’m reading and thinking about today: 1. Jeffrey Goldberg’s … Continue reading

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