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May 26, 2005


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* New research suggests that taking the Pill might permanently lower the libido of some women.

* How Asperger-y are you? Take a quiz and find out. Although I scored a very low 36, The Wife insists that I'm a lot more Aspie than that.

* Let it never be said that a woman can't be as opinionated about men's underwear as many men are about women's underthings.

* Blowhard Francis Morrone's review of Fred Siegel's new book about New York City and Rudy Giuliani is another piece of first-rate Morrone -- a terrific book review, as well as a quick and solid way for readers to acquire a lot of perspective on American urban history. It's great to see that the scrappy and provocative New York Sun is making more of its content available online too.



posted by Michael at May 26, 2005


Oh, dear. I got a 66. Which is pretty high. Higher than you. Thirty points higher. What were we talking about?

Posted by: Sluggo on May 26, 2005 11:35 AM

I'm probably in denial myself. The Wife certainly thinks so.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on May 26, 2005 11:57 AM

I'm not trying to be cute or funny but the planned Gehry addition looks like aluminum foil that's been extruded by the original Corcoran Gallery building.

Posted by: ricpic on May 26, 2005 12:11 PM

Oops, my apologies -- I broke the Corcoran entry off into its own posting just as you commented. It does look like an explosion in an aluminum-foil factory, doesn't it?

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on May 26, 2005 12:14 PM

I just took the test and received a 115, which really surprised me. I think of myself as socially able but with a tendency to get really interested in certain topics.

Posted by: jult52 on May 26, 2005 12:21 PM

94 'now' and 79 'earlier.' I intuited that something was not quite 'normal' about me. But actually I'm quite content being somewhat socially maladroit.

Posted by: Tim B. on May 26, 2005 1:05 PM

Get my room ready and make sure there's a computer in it. I scored 130.

Posted by: susan on May 26, 2005 1:48 PM

You guys rock. Or Aspie-rock, anyway.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on May 26, 2005 1:56 PM

If any reader with qualifications can comment on either high test scores or the online test itself, that would be appreciated.

Posted by: jult52 on May 26, 2005 2:11 PM

I'm 64---it says I have some aspie but "well below average" for a true Aspie, which would be a score of 147 for a woman. However, given that I remembered the score is 147 for a woman, and I am sensitive to flourescent lights and I'm not feeling anything at all right now....well, you get my drift. (Which means I can get irony, which means maybe...). :)

Posted by: annette on May 26, 2005 3:17 PM

I got an 84 on the test (85 for earlier), within normal range.

Posted by: Peter on May 26, 2005 3:17 PM

I found this Aspie site useful:

And this guy seems to be the world authority on Asperger's ...

The links at both places can take you far. I spent a number of happy-Aspie hours prowling the Aspie sites...

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on May 26, 2005 4:19 PM

76 for me, which I would call a pretty normal score for a scientist.

Posted by: Derek Lowe on May 26, 2005 5:15 PM

Yikes, I'm 86 before and now. Supposedly in the normal range but with your 36, Michael, I'm not so sure.

Posted by: Rachel on May 26, 2005 5:28 PM

I guess I was in an aspie-sort of mood when I took the test. I scored 143.

Posted by: Glen Raphael on May 26, 2005 5:34 PM

143/135 and I tried to cheat on the low side.

Posted by: bob mcmanus on May 26, 2005 5:46 PM

Francis (I assume you're reading) -

I don't get this sentence: "New York once stood poised to be the great American city, as Paris is the great French city and London the great English city. But while New York remains the largest American city, and preeminent in many areas, still its stature and status vis-a-vis other U.S. localities has fallen precipitously in the decades since World War II."



Posted by: john massengale on May 30, 2005 10:27 PM

I don't buy that sentence either. I like living in San Francisco but the stature and status of New York
seems to be holding up pretty good.

Posted by: Joe O on June 2, 2005 1:07 AM

I scored 66 now and 67 then, or maybe the other way around. I'm sure I'd be a true Aspie except for my upbringing, when it was a survival skill to be able to read the parents. In fact, a depressing amount of my income today is dependent on my well-honed childhood skills of knowing what other people want to hear.

Also, I have always found the notion of "great cities" to be a peculiar one. Remember, Paris and London are both 'great' essentially at the expense of all the other cities (and regions) of England and France. Neither grew as a trade center, both are political/administrative centers, grown big (and rich) on politically redistributed income. Moreover, cities were/are health menances; a significant decline in American health and longevity occurred during the second half of the nineteenth century as a result of urbanization. (In fact, most of the grim impacts attributed to the Industrial Revolution were really the result of urbanization.)

Posted by: Friedrich von Blowhard on June 5, 2005 1:24 PM

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