Telling the Truth about Campus Rape

TOWM quote of the day comes from this welcome article in the City Journal about campus “rape:” The guys who push themselves on women at keggers are after one thing only, and it’s not a reinstatement of the patriarchy. Each would be perfectly content if his partner for the evening becomes president of the United…

Huck in 2012? Let’s Hope Not.

The way I read this – a Time magazine report of Mike Huckabee and his soon-to-be-released tell-all book about his primary campaign – is that Huckabee will be running for president in 2012. This stuff just never bloody ends. Basically, the gist of the article is that Huckabee pulls no punches in trashing all his…

Another Time, Another Place

Here’s change I can believe in: an interview with Ron Paul in the New York Times. Q: How has the recent economic turmoil affected your views regarding deregulation? A: It has reinforced my belief that massive central planning does not work, whether it be in for the economy, education, or energy policy. At least there’s…

Props on Prop 8 Fallout

Wow. I really have to give props to Adam B over at Daily Kos for this column on the recent resignation of Scott Eckern. For anyone who hasn’t been following the story – Eckern was the artistic director for the California Musical Theater. If you read that job description and guessed “gay,” your stereotypes wouldn’t…

All Along the Watchtower

Like most Bob Dylan songs, All Along the Watchtower is better when other people do it. Here’s XTC with an original take: But this is still my favorite version: If someone can explain to me why I like Bryan Ferry so much, that’d be workin’.

The Tragedy of Horror

Listening on the way to the office today was Philosophy Bites’ interview with Alex Neill on the Paradox of Tragedy. Basically the problem is this: if pity and fear are unpleasant emotions, then why do people write and watch/read tragedies? The answer, perhaps predictably, is that it isn’t really the pity and sorrow and all…

And That’s the Way it Wasn’t

One of my frustrations with political discourse from the left involves the use of the following trick. First, point out that some government institution has been helpful in the current crisis. Then, invite everyone to imagine how much worse the crisis would have been without that institution. Finally, stop short of openly wondering whether the…

He Wasn’t Elected President of Television

In the wake of the Great Election, io9 has been going a bit overboard in the Cultural Critiques of SciFi department. Exhibit A – Zombies are Red, Vampires are Blue. This one isn’t actually all that fleshed-out, but I’m not unsympathetic with the underlying logic. The idea is that Vampires are the scary creatures when…

Um…

Heartfelt thanks to Noah for putting me on to last Thursday’s Fresh Air interview with Robert Kuttner on his book about how Obama is gonna be the jizz. It’s truly astonishing just how many crappy ideas the sound engineers over at NPR were able to cram into a 40minute radio session. Here’s a taste –…