Archive for July 31st, 2003

“In the adversity of our best friends we always find something that is not displeasing,” La Rochefoucauld wrote in 1665, identifying Schadenfreude — “joy in adversity,” an almost literal translation of his aphorism — for the first time, although more general strictures against envy date back to the Ten Commandments and beyond. The word, however, […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted July 31, 2003 @ 1:16 PM | Language,Philosophy

How do two arty Manhattan types like Michael Blowhard and me amuse ourselves when shorn of the wives for an evening? We go see Bad Boys 2, what else? One can admire the movie, at a safe distance from the theater, for its systematic assault on the critical faculties. It ranges in volume from deafening […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted July 31, 2003 @ 1:00 AM | Blogs,Movies