Monthly Archives: February 2013

Diversity Musing

Paleo Retiree writes: I’m gobsmacked on a day-to-day basis by how completely the country has devoted itself to the cause of “diversity.” As though it’s automatically and everywhere a Good Thing, if not the one and only Magic Cure to … Continue reading

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Of Violence and Violins

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: In the wake of the latest school shooting, people are once again arguing about whether works of art can be blamed for inspiring violence. A lot of people scoff at the question. It seems crazy to them to … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: An excellent intro by architect Christine Franck to a great American artform: the Shingle Style. Why should taxpayers be subsidizing our biggest banks?  Meet Roberta Pedon, unbelievably busty hippie-chick pinup star of the ’70s. What’s become of … Continue reading

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Blowhard, Esq. writes: I just finished the first volume of George MacDonald Fraser‘s high-spirited and rollicking The Flashman Papers series. For those new to the books, the series of 19th century historical novels chronicles the exploits of an English army officer and self-described … Continue reading

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But What About the Ladies?

Brundle Guy writes: So today is the Oscars. I won’t be watching, as I haven’t been able to stomach an Oscar telecast in years. But for all the headache-inducing hoopla that goes up around Oscar-time, there’s a trend that’s really … Continue reading

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Back to the Present

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: This satirical video shows what might have happened had the Europeans arrived in the New World armed with some of the more effective devices in the modern ideological toolkit. It seems to me that the most … Continue reading

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Plight of the Early Gentrifier

Fenster writes: Steve Sailer reports on gentrifying versus non-gentrifying neighborhoods in Brooklyn here.  Which causes me to think of the plight of the early gentrifier, someone who is always of two minds about the later gentrifier. The New York Times … Continue reading

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Heather MacDonald

Fenster writes: Heather MacDonald is a treasure.

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Bourdain on El Bulli

Paleo Retiree writes: Thanks to UR contributor epiminondas for calling my attention to this inspired episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” celebrating the Catalan restaurant El Bulli and its genius chef Ferran Adrià. It was made in 2011, on the … Continue reading

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Juxtaposin’: Tracking Shots, Literal and Metaphorical

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:

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