June 2010

Reading

I don’t know why I picked a book up after reading the pretentious prick say it was pretentious. But a man who had read to Borges as a teen deserves to be read. Manguel’s poorly written sanctimonious nonsense though got me wondering: is intelligence, as we comprehend it in the modern context, by definition, an understanding of what is, or can [...]

On Federalism

Not that anyone cares, but I thought I should clarify I had no idea what I was talking about when I’d randomly use ‘Federalism’ as an argument. Please listen to Heather Gerken actually say something non-trivial on the subject. Knowledge seems so dangerous to the stupidity of my youth.

On sexism

For someone who grew up on Tamil movies and Hollywood, that the mise-en-scène and the screenplay can be used to not drive something or someone forward is a pleasant surprise in itself. Therefore my judgment of La soledad may be biased by that novelty factor; but I did enjoy it immensely. This may also be a right [...]

Notes

Susan Orlean has trouble with naming the Great war. But the memorial in Madras refers to each War in that period as an individual war. One would think that is a respectful way to treat those who laid down lives and not call their theaters battles. What did the Germans gain for giving up Gauss? Ugly hypothetical examples of architecture? Why? I remember [...]

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