Monthly Archives: March 2011

American Exceptionalism

The concept has been prevalent across the mediasphere following President Obama’s recent speech justifying military action in Libya, in which Mr. Obama’s acceptance of a kind of American Exceptionalism was made abundantly clear. It’s a worldview I’ve taken issue with … Continue reading

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Yes, yes, yes.

A thousand times, yes. A pragmatic use of force.

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Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn

TC the Cat’s comment on my last blog post deserves a longer reply, so here goes.

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Joy

So tonight, thanks to extreme parental generosity, I got to see Nikolai Lugansky and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic play Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which was, as might be expected, superb. But listening to it was somewhat double-edged: as happens … Continue reading

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As Always…

xkcd says it better than I ever could:

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Can a Joke Truly Be Funny if It Is Not Offensive?

In Patrick Rothfuss’ much, much better second book The Wise Man’s Fear, his protagonist is drugged in such a way that all of his social inhibitions and groundings are entirely lifted; any and every action becomes suddenly permissible and attractive, … Continue reading

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Not-So-Revealing-Personal-Revelations

I sometimes feign having less interest in a topic or band or game or book because I’m more worried about coming late to the party. Case in point: I just discovered Matt and Kim, but will never post my enjoyment … Continue reading

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