Author Archives: Paleo Retiree

About Paleo Retiree

Onetime media flunky and movie buff, and very glad to have left those worlds behind. Formerly Michael Blowhard of the cultureblog Now a rootless parasite and bon vivant on a quest to find the perfectly-crafted artisanal cocktail.

Reading du Jour: An Interview with Musa al-Gharbi

Paleo Retiree writes: Excellent stuff from Columbia U. sociologist Musa al-Gharbi. Why were social scientists so baffled by Trump’s victory? Did people who voted for Trump have any rational reasons for doing so? What might be done about the left/lib bubble … Continue reading

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Geoffrey Miller, author of the excellent “The Mating Mind,” is an amazingly provocative and smart Tweeter.

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Paleo Retiree writes: A very vivid account of what it’s like to be left with folds of excess skin after losing lots of weight. Why can’t Australia manage to enroll more girls in engineering classes? Some exceptionally informative Sailer: Chinese DNA … Continue reading

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Feels Accurate

When I was a student in France — a long, long time ago — I was amazed at how much time the French spent à table. Then, when I returned to the States, I was amazed by how prone Americans … Continue reading

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David Fuller’s “A Glitch in the Matrix”

Paleo Retiree writes: This isn’t the dazzling Chris Marker/Erroll Morris/Adam Curtis doc about the present moment that we might dream of, but it’s admirable and thoughtful anyway. David Fuller, a British video journalist turned life coach, uses Cathy Newman’s recent … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: A level-headed look at science and equality, boys and girls. Some sense about that transgender-or-not? teen case in Ohio. Steve Sailer wonders how woke Broadway will make the stage version of “Pretty Woman.” In England, a teacher … Continue reading

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Woody in the Post

Paleo Retiree writes: America’s very own Maoist Cultural Revolution gathers steam: Allen frustrates people because he seems to relish dancing on the edge of the outrage. There’s nothing criminal about an 82-year-old’s fixation with 18-year-olds, and it’s not whip-out-your-penis, button-under-the-desk … Continue reading

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