Monthly Archives: January 2019

Weekend Linkage

Paleo Retiree writes: By over-protecting our children, are we driving them crazy? Jonathan Haidt thinks so. My wife and I enjoyed this Brendan O’Neill conversation with Jonathan Haidt. The very smart Stuart Schneiderman responds to the American Psychological Association’s distaste … Continue reading

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Wither the Yellow Vests?

Fenster writes: The American press has had a herky-jerk relationship with the Yellow Vests.  The media avoided much mention of the protests when they first occurred, presumably banking on them fading away quickly.  Then, when it became apparent that coverage … Continue reading

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More on Sokal Squared

Fenster writes: You’ll recall the so-called Sokal Squared dust-up: three academics who were able to publish a series of outrageously fake articles in peer-reviewed critical studies journals.  Fenster wrote about it here when the story broke. For many inside academe … Continue reading

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Weekend Linkage

Paleo Retiree writes: Coming soon from Mr. Finger-on-the-Pulse-of-the-West’s-Mood himself: a new novel by Michel Houellebecq. The book’s debut in France last week was “a national event.” The English translation will be released in November. I loved-loved-loved “Submission,” Houellebecq’s last novel. … Continue reading

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Pinkerian Pollyannism?

Fenster writes: Here in the Wall Street Journal we find more cheery optimism about the world.  This  could all be true.  It could possibly just be Pinkerian Pollyannism.  Or perhaps it is both. As with disease, poverty is being eradicated … Continue reading

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Notes on “Roma”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: In “Roma,” writer-director Alfonso Cuarón rationalizes chic aesthetic loop-the-loops by pretending to social consciousness. The movie concerns an indigenous maid who serves a white Mexican family. Though critics have compared it to Italian Neorealism, its canned … Continue reading

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