The Horrible Previous Way

James Lileks has one of his oft anticipated fisk’ings of a magazine article on mail-order food preparation services. You can read James’ (never Jim!) post here, http://www.lileks.com/bleats/archive/17/1017/100517.html

I have never had to depend on creative writing to feed, clothe or shelter myself (obviously) and I imagine most professional writers do some assignments purely out […]

The Mind of Rufus

In the ’80s, when Ronald Reagan was our President, there were many on the Left insisting that we were moments away from living in a Christian theocracy that would forbid freedom of expression and destroy the Arts.

Less than a decade after electing Barack Obama President people are destroying works of art and forbidding […]

The Mind of Rufus

As mentioned here before, I no longer live in Chicago, the city where I grew up, but I still cheer for their sports teams. Bears games are not often broadcast here, but I have my DVR set to record them when they do air. Unusually I had a break early yesterday afternoon when no […]

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Eliminate the ninnies and the twits.

Steely Dan Lyric or Hard Boiled Detective Novel Quote?

“Babs and Clean Willie were in love they said. So in love the preacher’s face turned red.”

Steely Dan Lyric or Hard-Boiled Detective Novel Quote?

“He looked rather pleasantly, like a blonde satan.”

In-Humanities

I know Floyd disagrees with me on this topic, but I find this nearly criminal.

FEWER HUMANITIES COURSES, MORE PH.D.’S

(emphasis mine)

A new report says that humanities departments in the United States produced 5,891 doctorates in 2015, the largest since the numbers were first tracked in 1987.

Meanwhile, the chief market for those […]

Steely Dan Lyric or Hard-Boiled Detective Novel Quote?

“Any man left on the Rio Grande Is the king of the world as far as I know.”

The New Puritans, #3,737 in a series

It takes something pretty incredible to shock me regarding the potential for lunacy among humans, but this: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/09/british-conductor-sacked-us-music-festival-joke-labelled-racist/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_fb

is almost impossible for me to believe!

(emphasis mine)

An acclaimed British conductor has been fired from a prestigious American music festival after a seemingly innocent joke he made to a black friend was labelled racist.

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When Did you First See the Matrix?

Ace had an interesting question for his readers that could be fun to duplicate here:

When did you begin to suspect that the people in charge of the government and the media were dumb, ignorant, and sometimes actually deranged, and what confirmed it for you? What were your feelings about this? That is, was […]