Maximal Assumptions, Minimal Output

One of the books I need to read eventually is Noam Chomsky’s The Minimalist Program. I dipped into it a bit today, and it started annoying me already in the introduction.Here’re the lines in question: This work is motivated by two related questions: (1) what are the general conditions that the human language faculty should…

What American TV Needs

Noah posts some interesting comments in the entry on Lost. Basically, the idea is that word on the nets is that I shouldn’t waste my time with Lost because it, like most “plot-arc” series on American TV, ends up suffering from what I like to call X-Files syndrome. What I mean by that: X-Files was…

Caveat Emptor Continues to Rock

One of the cool things about Bloomington is that it has the prototype used bookstore. Anyone who lives here will not need to be told I’m talking about Caveat Emptor.Could there be a bookstore anywhere that fits more stereotypes? Caveat Emptor is on the square in one of those high-ceiling old shops. You know, the…