Archive for November, 2003

Michael Douglas — A.C. Douglas’s unapologetic cultural elitism is nice as far as it goes, but apologetic cultural elitism is something I could really get behind. A dose of Michael Blowhard, who if the 2 Blowhards were a corporation would be Sales to Friedrich’s Manufacturing, seems just the ticket. A.C. continues to rail against common […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 27, 2003 @ 12:33 PM | Blogs

More pixels for Terry Teachout: he links to a list of Bill Clinton’s 21 favorite books and comments, more discreetly than I will, on its obvious fraudulence. The usual suspects are rounded up — Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations, also cited by German ex-Chancellor Helmut Schmidt as his favorite book, and as sure to appear on a […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 22, 2003 @ 2:34 PM | Culture,Politics

There was a discussion about Henry James and the movies a while back (here and here) at Terry Teachout’s blog, and I shall join the James Gang, fashionably late as usual. (Terry’s blog is called “About Last Night”; mine should be called “About The Week Before Last,” or “About Last Century.”) It seems paradoxical that […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 19, 2003 @ 5:48 PM | Literature,Movies

Jacques Barzun writes: When an undergraduate at a great university in the nineties, my fatherly friend had taken a course on the English lyric. The readings were from Palgrave’s Golden Treasury, and the lectures, by a well-known scholar, consisted of a careful account of the lives of the poets. The schools they went to, the […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 18, 2003 @ 9:53 PM | Poetry

It’s not I’m anti-social, I’m only anti-woik, Glo-ri-os-ki, that’s why I’m a joik! What causes crime? The classical environmental “root cause” theories suffer from two crippling defects. First, whatever root cause you choose — poverty, unemployment, peer pressure, parental abuse, parental indulgence — the vast majority of people who are exposed to it do not […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 13, 2003 @ 12:38 PM | Culture

How full of ourselves we bloggers grow: Some might conclude from the above that, because I reject the solutions that [Steven] Den Beste and [Victor David] Hanson offer, that I’m implying that something more dire be done to “solve” this problem. I am not. Frankly, personally, I am increasingly resigned to the fact that these […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 9, 2003 @ 7:53 PM | Culture,Heuristic

You know who worry a lot about how there are no red-blooded, responsible men any more and the whole world has gone gay? Women. Historical Sports Note: Babe Didrikson Zaharias entered men’s professional golf tournaments, to no complaints from the men, thirty years before Carson Kressley was a queer gleam in his mother’s straight eye. […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 9, 2003 @ 6:55 PM | Blogs

George Wallace, standing athwart the history of language yelling “Stop!”, proposes to replace “blog” with “web journal.” He enlists David Giacolone, who argues: Nurturers and caretakers of language do not have to accept the mindless process that begat the word “blog” and its progeny, even though it may be too late to keep teenyboppers, the […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 4, 2003 @ 5:35 PM | Language

Letters aren’t usually to my taste, but I except an odd little book I’ve just finished, W.B. Yeats and T. Sturge Moore, Their Correspondence 1901-1937. One of our correspondents needs no introduction. The other, T. Sturge Moore (1870-1944), was the brother of the Cambridge philosopher G.E. Moore, whose Principia Ethica was still being assigned in […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 3, 2003 @ 6:10 PM | Poetry