Separate as a Pattern

Here’s another one of those situations that comes up often enough at work that it seems like it should be a recognized pattern. But then when I try to think how to really generalize it, I come up empty-handed, so I suppose that’s why it isn’t. Feels like a pattern; might not be general enough…

Bond out of Time

Roger Moore recently died. It’s bad form to speak ill of the recent dead (unless they’re genuine monsters, of course), so I should stress that none of this is an attack on Roger Moore’s character. But I really didn’t like him as James Bond. The movies he was in, with one notable exception (1981’s For…

Manchester – So Little to Answer For

Since there’s been another one of these attacks, some disconnected thoughts. As usual, the vigils and candles and outpourings of public grief and professions of solidarity with muslims are just embarassing. We know this kind of reaction changes nothing. If you really want these kinds of attacks to stop, or even lessen in frequency, you’re…

Trespassing in an Alternate World

Sometimes the more interesting essays are the ones that you feel don’t get it quite right – the ones that have an intriguing premise but ultimately don’t pan out. That’s because these are the essays that help you step outside your worldview and think a bit in real time. An essay that’s dead wrong is…

Deathtrap (Review)

Deathtrap is the kind of movie you should see only once. That’s because it’s fun only once. It’s one of the better – certainly not the best – exemplar of a peculiar genre of stage-play-made-movie popular in the 1970s and first half of the 1980s. I don’t know if there’s a name for this genre,…

Politics and Values

Freddie DeBoer seems to partly have people like me in mind when he complains, as he often does, that people don’t take his profession of left-wing faith at face value. He’s more concerned about these recriminations from the Actual Left, of course. Lots of people, from all over the political spectrum – obviously including the…