Paleo Retiree writes:
- More fascinating thinking from HBD*Chick about inbreeding and outbreeding, this time as they pertain to Anglo-Saxon England.
- Thanks to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, we’re able to peep at the superdeluxe lifestyles of Mexican drug lords.
- Will S. shares some revealing and funny Google auto-completes.
- Camille Paglia on rape culture, Rihanna and Rob Ford.
- Sasha Castel is hooked on “Boardwalk Empire.”
- A good introduction to the erotic Japanese visual art form known as Shunga.
- Do music and DNA share some characteristics? More generally: do language and the arts mimic/reflect/replicate the way genes and evolution work? (Entirely FWIW: I’ve always thought so.)
- Time to start thinking once again about a Guaranteed Annual Income for everyone?
- So maybe it’s women who do most of the slut-shaming …
- Cathy Young reminds us that the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Doris Lessing, who died on November 17, once called Political Correctness a “self-perpetuating machine for dulling thought.”
- Matt Forney visits NYC’s 9-11 Memorial and finds it a dreary place.
- Smart stuff from, of all places, the left on how important the issue of immigration is, with some good tips about how best to think about it. More.
- TechCrunch — in other words, an almost-mainstream outlet — takes some note of the Dark Enlightenment.
- Give a listen to the magnificent sounds — half calliope, half cello quartet — of an instrument that Leonardo da Vinci designed but never built.
- Steve Sailer has got me looking forward to Alexander Payne’s new movie. I loved Payne’s “Citizen Ruth” and “Sideways” but wasn’t crazy about “The Descendants” and “About Schmidt.”
- Nigella Lawson: cokehead?
A pleasure. Those auto-corrects were really something.
Sigh. My unconditional adoration for Camille Paglia went down a few notches after reading that she is a Real Housewives fan.
She makes a good case for it as a reality-TV-era soap opera, no? And as an unabashed examination/celebration of women’s power and competitiveness. But what do I know, I haven’t watched a minute of the shows. Have you checked them out?
I just don’t think that women’s worst instincts are worth celebrating. A bunch of bitchy, over-tanned, over-styled skanks with entitlement complexes in the stratosphere is not something I find pleasing. At least in the old movies, when women plotted each others’ downfalls, they did it with style and grace. (I watched about five minutes of RH before turning it off in horror.)
And PR, surely you must be a big fan of Election. I think Reese Witherspoon is adorable, and it’s probably Matthew Broderick’s best performance since Ferris Bueller.
Loved “Election,” thanks for the reminder. Sometimes I wonder what happens to my brain. The character Reese plays is a genuine icon, I think — the scariliy hyper-achieving girl. Plus one of the great character names of modern times: Tracy Flick.