Weekend Edition: 5-17

Bulletin Board

  • There will be substantive posts this coming week

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

  • Blackness ever blackening: my lifetime of depression (“Even when the veil is present, something in the making of me means I know, as I knew then, that there is an intolerable reality lurking behind it, a bleak, inhuman emptiness, and that this is the truth behind the web of stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and the world.”)
  • The Day I Started Lying to Ruth (“But in the lobby of my hospital, I knew the answer: My knowledge was too clear-eyed. I couldn’t pretend for another day or hour or minute that there were good days ahead.”)
  • Age of Ignorance (“It took years of indifference and stupidity to make us as ignorant as we are today.”)

Lawsuit of the Week

  • Au Bon Pain, Kmart, the City of New York and 1,000 John does are being sued for $2 undecillion, although one commentator notes that what the defendants did “is not entirely clear”

Legal Ruling of the Week

Bookish Linkage

Nonbookish Linkage


During the past four decades, America’s endemic anti-intellectual tendencies have been grievously exacerbated by a new species of semiconscious anti-rationalism, feeding on and fed by an ignorant popular culture of video images and unremitting noise that leaves no room for contemplation or logic.

Susan Jacoby, The Age of American Unreason

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2 comments to Weekend Edition: 5-17

  • John

    I keep returning to your site because you have a habit of posting such interesting columns and bits of news. I especially enjoy the links to stories about reading and readers but the memoir about Ruth was excruciating in its honesty and relevance to many of us. It must take a lot of work and care on your part to keep mining these stories and sharing them, so thanks so much. John

    • Tim

      Thanks. Anyone who doesn’t have tears come to their eyes when they read that article has never truly loved someone.