Monthly Archives: May 2011

In Which the Prof Sees Himself as the Straw Boss at the Buggy Whip Factory.

Library cull. The words sound innocent enough, I guess, with connotations of strengthening the herd, trimming away dead tissue to create a stronger organism. But it’s a different situation in practice. I found that out today, as Mondoville engaged in … Continue reading

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“If you’re going to try to make me feel bad, you aren’t going to do it.”

Why are they called entitlements? Because people feel entitled to them whether they need them or not. But no, the welfare state has no deleterious effects on character.

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I Felt A Stir of Patriotic Pride…

… when I saw this quote from an article on French reactions to the Strauss-Kahn rape hearing. Eva Joly, described as a “famed former prosecutor-judge”(!), said: “Americans don’t differentiate between the director of the International Monetary Fund and any other … Continue reading

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If You Wear A Button…

…to support a GOP underdog, are you bearing the mark of Cain? Just wondering.

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Penzler’s Famous Quotations

I’ve made no secret of my affection for crime novels and film noir, and so it’s no surprise that when I see Otto Penzler mentioned by a facebook friend, I check it out. that brought me to this nifty little … Continue reading

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Students Have Their Uses…

… and one of them is that sometimes they turn me on to cool stuff. The latest case of this was when one of my frosh wrote a research paper on Naomi Novik‘s Temeraire series, the first two of which … Continue reading

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The Rude Pundit and David Mamet

I’ve mentioned before that although my libertarian orientation tends to put me on the right (certainly in the academic humanities), I was fortunate enough to have professors at Ball State who were intellectually honest, and who focused on my work … Continue reading

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