- 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
- “Jesus Christ does not hold copyright for works published in his name, a German court has ruled.”
- How libraries decide what books to keep
- When does a book become a classic?
- Bookish Lists: Six types of aggravating readers; 3 of the best books on China; the top 10 loners in fiction; 5 books to read when life sucks
- George Carlin’s guide to life
- Why is the liberal media so white?
- Fifteen facts about African religions
- The ethics of erasing bad memories
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