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Entries Tagged as 'Language and Literature'

A Meta-Thought About “Influence”

March 24th, 2010 · 10 Comments

As I was coming up with my own list of “influential” books and scanning some of the ones others picked, I got to thinking a bit about just what we mean when we say a book “influenced” us. People used the term in a variety of ways, but it seemed as though most of the […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Language and Literature

Ten Books

March 23rd, 2010 · 5 Comments

It’s been a while since we had a good blogmeme, but this past week a slew of my favorite writers have been playing the “name ten books that influenced you” game.  Scanning my shelf, the ones that jump out: Code — Lawrence Lessig I can trace my interest in most of the core issues I’ve […]

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Tags: General Philosophy · Language and Literature

But It’s a GENUINE Fake Nobel

October 12th, 2009 · 11 Comments

It seems like every year someone feels obligated to remind us that the Economics Nobel isn’t a real Nobel Prize because it’s not one of the categories established by Alfred Nobel’s will. Yglesias does the honors this year, implying that this is some sort of strange scam where the Bank of Sweden somehow convinced people […]

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Tags: Economics · Language and Literature

Videoblogging and Copyright

October 9th, 2009 · 11 Comments

So, the video in my previous post—rather half-assedly assembled on a late-night whim in my apartment (and judging by the comments, I should really tidy up said apartment a bit next time such a whim strikes)—seems to have become a whole lot more successful than I’d have thought possible. What I’d love to do in […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Language and Literature · Law

Mmmm, Pedantry

July 24th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Quick obnoxious quibble with this: Before I put forth new thoughts, let me clarify that while I do think it is deceptive to clean an always messy living room before a first date — that it is “apt to give a false impression of reality” — I don’t think there is anything wrong with doing […]

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Tags: Language and Literature

Do You Feel Especially Governmenty?

July 24th, 2009 · 6 Comments

You’ve probably read something like this before: I’d like to talk about government. The conservative/corporate propaganda machine has turned “government” into a bad word. Conservatives portray our government as some kind of enemy of the public. We have all heard the scare stories about the harm done by meddlesome regulations from intrusive big government programs […]

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Tags: Language and Literature

Infinite Lemniscates

July 20th, 2009 · No Comments

I exhume (or imagine?) a few more in the filmography of James O. Incandenza.

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Tags: Language and Literature

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Moriarty London wgah’nagl fhtagn

July 20th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Remember this theme music? If, like me, you spent many an evening in your childhood glued to PBS Mystery‘s broadcasts of the fantastic old Granada Sherlock Holmes adventures starring the inimitable Jeremy Brett, it triggers a sort of Pavlovian surge of anticipation and endorphin release. I’d half forgotten I had the full run in my […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Language and Literature

Literary Lemniscates

July 15th, 2009 · No Comments

In a show of extreme foolhardiness, I’ve got a long, rambling post over on A Supposedly Fun Blog about the narrative structure of Infinite Jest. The foolhardy part is that I’m basing my theory on the first 60 pages or so, which means in true blog form, I’m spouting off before I really know what […]

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Tags: Language and Literature

Brief Interviews with Hideous Bloggers

June 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments

In case anyone’s interested, I’m joining a bunch of other mostly-political blogger friends who are reading (and writing about) David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest this summer over at A Supposedly Fun Blog.

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Tags: Art & Culture · Language and Literature · Self Promotion