Monthly Archives: July 2014

When heroes fall.

I call it the Frank Lloyd Wright axiom: sometimes geniuses are horrible human beings. Most of the time, I can separate the person from their creation: I can look at the Robie House and admire its beauty.  The fact that … Continue reading

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Feminists can’t write? News to me.

Charlotte Allen, guest blogging in the L.A. Times, doesn’t understand feminist writers today, because they can’t write. Poor baby. As evidence, she produces a sentence by Rebecca Traitser,in a piece that appeared in the New Republic: “I wish that every woman … Continue reading

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Some things to think about. (More links.)

Senior NSA official claims that we live a police state. Blackmail as part of the NSA’s playbook.  I thought that went away when J. Edgar Hoover died, but then I have always been naive. Tom Engelhardt’s Requiem for America.  Engelhardt’s saying … Continue reading

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Please let me sulk alone.

Marvin the Paranoid Android becomes a sysadmin.

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Lists.

Okay, so I’m struggling with this.  It is the time of year to reflect on all the things I’ve done wrong in my life. (This hits me in summer, moreso than my birthday or New Year’s. Summer has always been … Continue reading

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Speaking of Weird Al…

I have fallen in love with “Sports Song.” It captures the essence of every college fight song out there — except for Stanford, who insist on being weird. (I keep thinking of UGA, and Michigan, and even Georgia Tech.) It’s … Continue reading

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Links! Oh boy!

Every time I get on my computer, I run across dozens of links I want to write about, and never do.  Sometimes those links get lost when I close down the browser (or Georgia crashes); sometimes they just get added … Continue reading

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Speaking of Broadway….

I have tracks from fifty-nine separate musicals on my iTunes. Twenty-nine of those are complete albums.  That does not count revivals, or movie soundtracks (unless the movie musical was first on Broadway, like Dreamgirls or Hairspray). And it does not … Continue reading

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One of the joys of looking up things on iTunes is what else you find on the way. I was checking on the 2007 revival of Company, trying to decide whether I wanted the whole thing* (I already have Raul … Continue reading

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R.I.P. to a legend.

“I don’t think I’m gonna die tomorrow or even two weeks from now, or even ever. I just don’t know — who the hell knows what’s gonna happen to them? Nobody! Isn’t that comforting? Nobody has a clue. I like … Continue reading

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Just go ahead and die, already.

[Note: please feel free to send this to anybody you think might benefit by it.] Society hates people like me. Or, more accurately, a sizable minority is afraid of people like me. Last week, USA Today ran a series about … Continue reading

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Things as they are.

Life proceeds apace. Much has been happening in the world at large.  I feel like I should be commenting on the last couple of weeks of the SCOTUS term, but writing about such emotionally charged cases as the Hobby Lobby decision … Continue reading

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Suits.

A week or so ago, a blogger named L.P. posted “When Suits Become a Stumbling Block: A Plea to My Brothers in Christ,”  skewering modesty culture in Christianity.  She showed a lot of pictures of sexy men in suits.  (She … Continue reading

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