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Rolling Stone Fail: disrespecting Django Reinhardt

This might sound snootish but Rolling Stone has once again failed at list-making. As they periodically do, they’ve named the top 100 hundred guitarists of all time. There isn’t a jazz-man among them. They did include Frank Zappa and obviously … Continue reading

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Analogy of the Day and How Internet kills Meaning

Freddie deBoer has a devastatingly poignant and sweepingly inclusive critique of the cultural, creative and like moral impoverishment of today’s young, tech-absorbed generation. Here’s an analogy from his essay: In much the same way as those speaking about the importance … Continue reading

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The voice of Christopher Hitchens

The incomparable Christopher Hitchens published a piece last spring in Vanity Fair about what it means to have a voice. Hitchens has cancer, and one of the effects has been a weakening of his vocal abilities. Most despond-inducing and alarming … Continue reading

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Going after giants

Maybe I should start my own responding to Mathew Yglesias blog, where I basically play the acolyte to his pope. Periodically, in such a blog, to keep myself honest while keeping the true meaning of Yglesianism alive, I would pick … Continue reading

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Follow the Swedes

Imagine if policy-makers actually heeded the Economist. Now I’m sure they’ve been wrong about stuff before, but they sure were prescient here. The article is from 2005 and it succinctly and funnily, in the looking-back-on-it tragic kind of way, diagnoses … Continue reading

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Unsound logic and the parenting industry

Once again, another pretentious parenting expert bounds onto Internet sanctimoniously proclaiming those activities that constitute good forms of parenting and those that don’t. It’s the same worn story (brace positions, prepare for impact): parents are to breast feed and use … Continue reading

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Why Germany may agree to a Greek bail out

Lately, negative wisdom and Internet’s propensity to hype spectacle over substance have resulted in story after story about the imminence of a Greek sovereign debt default. To be sure, this may or may not be a fair prognostication – like … Continue reading

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