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Links With Your Coffee - Sunday


  • Philosophers Anonymous: Public Philosophy, Failed Again
    On my flight back from that colossally depressing event last week, I had the pleasure of sitting next to a guy who fancied himself a philosopher.

  • Nick Hornby's reading life - Times Online
    It can happen anywhere: a dinner table, a pub, a bus queue, a classroom, a bookshop. You strike up a conversation with someone you don't know, and you're getting on OK, and then suddenly, without warning, you hear the five words that mean the relationship has no future beyond the time it takes to say them: “I think you'll like it.”

    This phrase is presumptuous enough when used to refer to, say, a crisp flavour; if, however, you happen to be talking about books or films or music, then it is completely unforgivable, a social solecism on a par with bottom-pinching. You think I'll like it, do you? Well, it has taken me more than 50 years to get anywhere near an understanding of what I think I might like, and even then I get it wrong half the time, so what chance have you got?

  • Amazon lets publishers and writers disable Kindle 2's read-aloud feature - Los Angeles Times

  • The Stranger | Slog | Recruiting for Jesus Camp

  • Remembering the Permanent Present Tense of John Updike -- New York Magazine

  • Book Review - 'Flannery - A Life of Flannery O’Connor,' by Brad Gooch - Review -
    Flannery. She liked to drink Coca-Cola mixed with coffee. She gave her mother, Regina, a mule for Mother’s Day. She went to bed at 9 and said she was always glad to get there. After Kennedy’s ­assassination she said: “I am sad about the president. But I like the new one.” As a child she sewed outfits for her chickens and wanted to be a cartoonist.

  • Interview: TC Boyle | Culture | The Guardian
    Life, says TC Boyle, "is tragic and absurd and none of it has any purpose at all." He is sitting contentedly with a glass of wine in the west room of his Frank Lloyd Wright house in Montecito, California. "Science has killed religion, there's no hope for the future with seven billion of us on the planet, and the only thing you can do is to laugh in the face of it all."

  • Learning From Our Mistakes: Consumers Won't Be Deceived Twice
    Sometimes a high price tag, a label, or an ingredient can lead us to believe that we're purchasing a high-quality item. But what happens if the attribute that attracted us to the product is false or meaningless? A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research examines consumer responses to "biasing cues," features that consumers assume are related to the quality of the item.



re: the boyle biography contained within an ineresting article about frank loyd wright:

i thought it was really interesting not how uncommon his story is, but how common. replace "catholicism" with "judaism" and "saxophone" with "guitar" and you've pretty much got my own story. give me a few hours and i could come up with 20 people i know personally and 50 i don't know but who have been succussful in "the arts" who could tell more or less the same tale.


so, one point being: without religion to rebel against, "the arts" would be a much less interesting place. fwiw.

re:philosopher's anon. :

funny. i could totally relate, having had the same basic conversation many times over many different subjects. the authors line of reasoning also reminded me, if i may say so, of syngas.

norm, i'm leaving computerland tomorrow and will only be back sporadically for awhile. i just wanted to say that this time around, your "links with your coffee" has been a godsend :). your own wide interests, combined with your being wired into cyberspace in a way that i am not has provided me with endless amusement and food for thought these 2 months. thank you.

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said 'We are all just prisoners here, of our own device'
And in the master's chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can't kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
'Relax,' said the night man,
'We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave!'


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