Archive for November, 2002

Officially now; and in honor of the holiday let’s look at the all-time British favorite Christmas story, A Christmas Carol, and the all-time American one, It’s a Wonderful Life. These are both dedicated to the remarkable proposition that businesses ought to act as charities. The spirit of Christmas turns out to be altruism. Poor Ebenezer […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 29, 2002 @ 6:39 PM | General

Wilde will now appear on a good many blogrolls, including mine (I was gonna do it anyway, I swear), thanks to this. Arthur Silber has some sensible remarks. Now if I could only persuade someone to delink me…

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 28, 2002 @ 9:49 AM | General

I began writing this post ten minutes ago, and it has been sitting on my hard drive since then, mostly gathering dust, if posts could gather dusts on hard drives. Now, however, I have decided it’s time to take a stand. I can no longer include on God of the Machine‘s blogroll any weblog that […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 27, 2002 @ 5:30 PM | General

As catalogued by John Cartan. I know only a few of the books on the list, but anyone who lists Frederick Crews’ The Pooh Perplex, the one book about literary criticism to read if you’re reading only one, ought to be attended to. (Swiped from Ishbadiddle.)

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 25, 2002 @ 11:48 PM | General

Alan Reynolds in The Washington Times, via Radley Balko, through some complex blogging chain that I’m too lazy to reconstruct, makes this anti-war argument: Those who claim to be certain Iraq has a formidable arsenal of fearsome weapons also express inexplicable confidence that those weapons pose no danger to U.S. troops. They declare that an […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 25, 2002 @ 7:38 PM | General

The girlfriend and I caught the Maysles brothers’ documentary Gimme Shelter on IFC the other night. It’s about the disastrous Rolling Stones show at Altamont in 1969, and it’s very good as those things go. There’s a lovely bit of moral catatonia from the Grateful Dead, who arrive to be informed that there have been […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 24, 2002 @ 11:32 AM | General

The Daily Dose, Letter from Gotham, Clay Waters and Dodgeblog (admittedly a borderline case) have all folded in the last two weeks it must be a trend, because that’s four examples, one more than Mickey Kaus says I need. I have enjoyed reading all of these people and am sorry to see them go. But […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 23, 2002 @ 10:59 PM | General

A few color changes is all. I was bored. Tell me what you think.

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 23, 2002 @ 6:51 PM | General

Jane Galt expounds, on her lovely new site, Asymmetrical Information, which is not really that new, but gives me a chance to continue my roll of being last to mention stuff.

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 23, 2002 @ 11:00 AM | General

I was beaten to this by Allan and Elizabeth, in that order, but I don’t mind — really! — because the poem is very good, as undiscovered poems almost never are. The artist can generally be trusted to publish his best stuff. It was awfully sentimental of old Larkin not to have published this: We […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 22, 2002 @ 9:40 PM | General