Archive for May, 2004

Exiting the bodega today I was accosted by a beggar, which is unusual in itself; I’ve lived in New York for twenty-odd years and by now wear an invisible sign that reads “Don’t Even THINK of Asking Me for Money.” Today’s mendicant hadn’t perfected his invisible-sign-reading skills, or maybe he had, because his opening line […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted May 31, 2004 @ 6:55 PM | Navel-Gazing

In her cheery new book Dark Age Ahead, Jane Jacobs writes, with disturbing matter-of-factness: Another form of architects’ self-regulation is to ban criticism of another’s work, especially criticism that can be heard or read by outsiders. This is why one reads few critical reviews by architects of new buildings, in comparison with reviews by writers, […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted May 29, 2004 @ 10:05 AM | Culture

Hardy looks at the ocean and sees the ocean: A distant verge morosely gray Appears, while clots of flying foam Break from its muddy monochrome, And a light blinks up far away. (The Wind’s Prophecy) Dickinson looks in a meadow and sees a snake: The grass divides as with a comb, A spotted shaft is […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted May 25, 2004 @ 1:20 PM | Poetry

Instapundit, with Lileks’ encouragement, took 20 minutes off the other day, Lileks himself took a month near-holiday, Teachout has stopped blogging on weekends, Cosh hasn’t updated his hockey page for a week, which I know you’re all busted up about, and even the Blowhards have been backfilling with guest posters. You people griping that I […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted May 17, 2004 @ 5:50 PM | Blogs,Navel-Gazing

In Snobbery Joseph Epstein has written as good a book as it’s possible to write without quite understanding your subject. It is full of things I needed to know; for instance, that Wolcott Gibbs once described Lucius Beebe as “menacingly well-groomed.” (Gibbs, who is undeservedly forgotten, wrote a devastating parody of early Time-style, when the […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted May 17, 2004 @ 5:43 PM | Culture

Eve Tushnet posts a list of great book titles, which you ought to read, like most everything else she writes. It is surprising how scarce great titles are, once you get to thinking about it. She marks some of them “in context,” which means you have to read the book to appreciate them, and this […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted May 4, 2004 @ 8:52 PM | Language,Literature

Now that David Hurwitz has blown the lid off classical music, I feel impelled to do my part. 1. Everything you liked in high school is bad. Everything your English teacher told you to like is also bad, but for different reasons. If you liked what your English teacher told you to like, you are […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted May 4, 2004 @ 5:11 PM | Poetry