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thickness

“Sorel’s basic character flaws had all cemented by the age of fifteen, a fact which further elicited my sympathy.  To have all the building blocks of your life in place by that age was, by any standard, a tragedy.  It … Continue reading


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the sense that the booker prize sucks

There are two book reviews I’d like to post, by way of comparing great writing with crap writing.  My original thought was to interleave snippets from these two books, allowing one to make its own case and the other to … Continue reading


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hyperforeignism

I drove into Boulder, Colorado at midnight on Wednesday, my impulse to eat a late dinner nearly overbalanced by my need to declare the long day over.  It turns out that, even with throngs of kids boozily wandering from bar … Continue reading


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french coffee

We’ve had a wonderful time abroad.  More on that soon.  But a notable minus of Corsica: the coffee sucks. In fact, the coffee sucks in France as a whole.  For a culture that so values gastronomy, this is difficult to … Continue reading


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a reduction of pants

This is a sort of minor rant-begets-another-rant.  I found myself writing “pant” in the previous post, and this reminded me of an irritating -ism which I think must be made in America.  I want to call it singularism, but this … Continue reading


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in praise of pockets

I’ve been told by several friends that this particular rant of mine is getting tedious and I should drop it, so consider this post a kind of purging.  I promise not to bring it up again.  Unless you do first. … Continue reading


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agora

While we’re at it, Alejandro Amenábar’s 2009 movie Agora is pretty great.  It was dismaying how late and how little distribution it got in the US, one suspects because of its anti-religiosity.  While seemingly getting screen time only in a … Continue reading


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atheism

What expression of style could be more violent than religion? According to our friends at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, about six in ten adults in the US consider religion to be “very important” in their lives.  … Continue reading


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logic as an exercise in style

Unlike the red sauce, this post falls in the category of “probably useless”. Once upon a time I took courses in logic at University.  I did fine, because if you know how to do math and program, there isn’t much … Continue reading


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