Archive for January, 2003

“But it can be difficult to get a table at The Four Seasons, and that’s why I’ve invited the head chef Christian Albin up to my kitchen in Connecticut…”

Aaron Haspel | Posted January 31, 2003 @ 6:41 PM | Culture

Jim Ryan stands up for “he” as the universal antecedent. Cinderella learnedly notes how vastly the status of women in Iran has been improved by the fact that Persian possesses a unisex substitute. Jacques Barzun, in the magisterial From Dawn to Decadence, has the absolutely last word on the subject: [I]t is unwise to give […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted January 31, 2003 @ 5:46 PM | Language

Goodwin Liu has exposed, in the Washington Post and at greater length in the forthcoming Michigan Law Review, a flaw in the thinking of affirmative action opponents that he calls the “causation fallacy.” Affirmative action is widely thought to be unfair because it benefits minority applicants at the expense of more deserving whites. Yet this […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted January 29, 2003 @ 6:07 PM | Heuristic,Politics

Popular, Popular, Unpopular! ‘You’re no Poet’ — the critics cried! ‘Why?’ said the Poet. ‘You’re unpopular!’ Then they cried at the turn of the tide — ‘You’re no Poet!’ ‘Why?’ ‘You’re popular!’ Pop-gun, Popular and Unpopular! –Alfred Tennyson Alexandra of Out of Lascaux has sinned. Her sin was to defend Thomas Kinkade, the twinkly light […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted January 28, 2003 @ 8:05 PM | Culture

Part I: Statement in Poetry Part II: External Evidence Part IV: Public and Private Reading Part V: Tenor and Vehicle Part VI: Practice Consider the following two lines of verse. The first is from John Dowland’s songbook and was written in the late 16th century. The second is from Wallace Stevens’ “Sunday Morning” and was […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted January 27, 2003 @ 9:12 PM | Poetry

I thought you only got to do this when your team won.

Aaron Haspel | Posted January 27, 2003 @ 12:55 PM | Culture,Sports

This is the fruit of moral neutrality. I don’t understand why people keep saying the U.N. is “irrelevant”; the word they’re looking for is “evil.”

Aaron Haspel | Posted January 26, 2003 @ 1:26 PM | Politics

A few years ago a friend of mine was all set to bring out the first issue, but R&D ate up the budget. This goes to show you just can’t keep an idea that good down. (Link from The Donk.)

Aaron Haspel | Posted January 25, 2003 @ 2:16 AM | Culture

You know, if I were Scott Ott, even as I was ecstatic that my coinage had managed to piss off German and French diplomats, I’d still have to be a little bummed that, of all the witty things I’d written, like this and this and this and this, the one I got famous for was […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted January 25, 2003 @ 1:57 AM | Language

Philosoblogger Jim discusses slippery slopes today: It is obviously an unjust society that lets cripples and children die of starvation and exposure. I don’t see how that is a misuse of the term “unjust” in ordinary usage. (I’m not arguing all of the unfortunate can be helped, that’s Paul Wellstone-ism, not my view. No one […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted January 23, 2003 @ 2:28 PM | Philosophy,Politics