Monthly Archives: August 2012

House Style at The New Yorker

Paleo Retiree writes: Take a look at the following first-lines-of-articles-from-The-New-Yorker and tell me if you’re as struck by certain patterns and similarities as I’ve been. “In 2004, Carolina Izquierdo, an anthropologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, spent several … Continue reading

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More on Symbolism

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Last night I opened my copy of Taleb’s Fooled by Randomness and was greeted with this passage: At the cost of appearing biased, I have to say that the literary mind can be intentionally prone to the … Continue reading

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Question Lady Question

The Question Lady writes: What is the best Labor Day meal you ever had?

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“Killer Joe”

Paleo Retiree writes: A white-trash/noir, doublecrossin’, absurdist melodrama, directed by William Friedkin from a Tracy Letts play that The Question Lady and I also loved. Friedkin may be in his 70s but he has made an energized and outrageous film … Continue reading

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Can you secede while still being in charge?

Brundle Guy writes: Mike Lofgren wrote this article for The American Conservative asking if the wealthy elites in America have, for all intents and purposes, seceded from the union and created their own world while still governing and controlling the rest of … Continue reading

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Question Lady Question

The Question Lady writes: When it comes to people on the internet posting photos of those near and dear to them — are you more susceptible to photos of their animals or their children?

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What’s Wrong with White Boys Playing the Blues?

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The L.A. Weekly recently ran a feature on the “20 Worst Hipster Bands.” Here’s the entry for No. 20: Fifty years after the Rolling Stones and we’re still upset about this? They “lack authenticity,” you see, b/c they aren’t black. … Continue reading

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The Art of Pinball: Roy Parker

Sax von Stroheim writes: Over the last year or so Mrs. von Stroheim and I have been dipping our toes into the world of vintage pinball, and we finally took the plunge and bought the first (and perhaps only) machine … Continue reading

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Question Lady Question

The Question Lady writes: How forgiving are you towards yourself?

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The Argonauts Among Us

Glynn Marshes writes: Oh, those silly Texans! The “top elected official” of Lubbock, County Judge Tom Head, went on local television and spouted a bunch of—oh, read for yourself! As reported by the New York Times: He said he was … Continue reading

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