Archive for May, 2003

Part I: Statement in Poetry Part II: External Evidence Part III: Scansion Part IV: Public and Private Reading Part V: Tenor and Vehicle Since Jim Henley kindly listed me among poetry bloggers, the least I can do is a little poetry blogging, I figure. Remember that endless series on How to Read a Poem I […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted May 28, 2003 @ 8:33 PM | Poetry

Mike Snider, via The Blowhards, mourns the dearth of hetero male sex poetry. I got your hetero male sex poetry right here! Granted, I had to raid the 16th century to find it. All my senses, like beacons’ flame, Gave alarum to desire To take arms in Cynthia’s name, And set all my thoughts on […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted May 25, 2003 @ 11:08 AM | Poetry

You’re kidding, right? This is actually lamer than “The dog ate my homework”: there was an antediluvian era when you couldn’t save your homework to your hard drive. Yet Colby Cosh, Mr. Hand Coding, has trotted out this excuse twice in two weeks, while Andrea Harris can figure out how to change her site design […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted May 24, 2003 @ 1:25 PM | Blogs

The rumored movie version of Atlas Shrugged is driving the Objectivist cineasts out of the woodwork: first Arthur Silber, then Diana Hsieh, and even Ian Hamet was inspired to awaken from a two-week hibernation. Will it be good? This is a matter of applying Haspel’s Three Laws of Film Adaptation. 1. The better the book, […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted May 22, 2003 @ 7:54 PM | Movies

Well, I still have quite a bit to do for the software startup I’m working on (hope springs eternal), but I have the corporate T-shirts sussed. On the front, the company name and logo; on the back, “This Behavior Is By Design.”

Aaron Haspel | Posted May 20, 2003 @ 6:56 PM | Business,Code,Navel-Gazing

“Workshop” theories of art, which trace characteristics of art to external constraints, generally leave me cold. In most arts very little stands between conception and execution. You think it, and there it is. Architecture is the exception. (Also movies, but to an ever-lessening degree.) For most of human history engineering knowledge severely constrained what could […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted May 19, 2003 @ 5:11 PM | Culture,Law

I receive a suspicious number of hits for search strings containing “analysis” — “Emily Dickinson there’s a certain slant of light analysis,” and “analysis invictus” and “herrick virgins time analysis” and the like. (On the other hand, I’m #30 on Google for “bestiality tutorial.”) Finally, yesterday, “Alison” fessed up: AAAAHHHHH somebody help-im reciting this poem […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted May 15, 2003 @ 8:15 AM | Navel-Gazing,Poetry

Let’s see what we’ve got in the ol’ mailbag… An anonymous “family member” of the late Ty Longley, who doesn’t specify whether he has in mind the nuclear, the extended, the Family of Headbangers, or the Family of Man, takes exception to my discussion of Mr. Longley’s alleged second career: Um, dude, I am a […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted May 13, 2003 @ 8:58 PM | Blogs,Philosophy

Art history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. In the 20th century the tragedy is Marcel Duchamp, though Duchamp himself would be the first to deny it. As anyone will testify who has ever seen Nude Descending a Staircase, which Duchamp painted in 1912, at 25, he was a great painter. By 1914 […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted May 12, 2003 @ 9:51 PM | Culture

[OBLIGATORY] Accusations of hypocrisy are, of course, a form of tu quoque. Bill Bennett would still be a self-righteous prohibitionist gasbag even if he didn’t lose millions at slots. His books are good or bad, his arguments valid or invalid, regardless. Like Evan Kirchhoff and Ken Layne, I find his choice of game far more […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted May 11, 2003 @ 11:46 AM | Philosophy