In which a group of graying eternal amateurs discuss their passions, interests and obsessions, among them: movies, art, politics, evolutionary biology, taxes, writing, computers, these kids these days, and lousy educations.

E-Mail Donald
Demographer, recovering sociologist, and arts buff

E-Mail Fenster
College administrator and arts buff

E-Mail Francis
Architectural historian and arts buff

E-Mail Friedrich
Entrepreneur and arts buff
E-Mail Michael
Media flunky and arts buff

We assume it's OK to quote emailers by name.

Try Advanced Search

  1. Seattle Squeeze: New Urban Living
  2. Checking In
  3. Ben Aronson's Representational Abstractions
  4. Rock is ... Forever?
  5. We Need the Arts: A Sob Story
  6. Form Following (Commercial) Function
  7. Two Humorous Items from the Financial Crisis
  8. Ken Auster of the Kute Kaptions
  9. What Might Representational Painters Paint?
  10. In The Times ...

Sasha Castel
AC Douglas
Out of Lascaux
The Ambler
Modern Art Notes
Cranky Professor
Mike Snider on Poetry
Silliman on Poetry
Felix Salmon
Polly Frost
Polly and Ray's Forum
Stumbling Tongue
Brian's Culture Blog
Banana Oil
Scourge of Modernism
Visible Darkness
Thomas Hobbs
Blog Lodge
Leibman Theory
Goliard Dream
Third Level Digression
Here Inside
My Stupid Dog
W.J. Duquette

Politics, Education, and Economics Blogs
Andrew Sullivan
The Corner at National Review
Steve Sailer
Joanne Jacobs
Natalie Solent
A Libertarian Parent in the Countryside
Rational Parenting
Colby Cosh
View from the Right
Pejman Pundit
God of the Machine
One Good Turn
Liberty Log
Daily Pundit
Catallaxy Files
Greatest Jeneration
Glenn Frazier
Jane Galt
Jim Miller
Limbic Nutrition
Innocents Abroad
Chicago Boyz
James Lileks
Cybrarian at Large
Hello Bloggy!
Setting the World to Rights
Travelling Shoes

Redwood Dragon
The Invisible Hand
Daze Reader
Lynn Sislo
The Fat Guy
Jon Walz


Our Last 50 Referrers

« iPods and Viagra | Main | Fatal Football Frenzy »

November 11, 2005

Razib and Derb

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

GNXP's Razib interviews John Derbyshire. An excellent chat: Let's hear it for entrepreneurial blogging. Scatter-brained, impressionistic me especially appreciated Derb's comment that "Having a well-thought-out world-view can make a person narrow and arrogant."



posted by Michael at November 11, 2005


I knew you'd have to link this, Michael. It occurred to me after reading it that you and Derb share some important characteristics: a taste for 'ad-hocism', as expressed in the above Derb quote; a willingness to blurt out emotional truths, and damn the consequences; a deep erudition masked by folksy humility. Needless to say, I think those are good things.

Posted by: Robert on November 11, 2005 3:51 AM

I spend a lot of time over at the comments sections at Sepia Mutiny, where razib leaves a fair number of comments. It is a genuine pleasure to 'argue' things with him. It is also a genuine pleasure to read this interview. I find John Derbyshire maddening, sometimes agree, sometimes don't, but he's damned interesting. And that's no small thing.

Posted by: MD on November 11, 2005 12:09 PM

Robert -- I'm taking that as a compliment whether you mean it as one or not. Are you a Derb fan yourself?

MD -- I should really spend more time at Sepia Mutiny. And "interesting" can be good, no? I also think something that doesn't get said enough about Derbyshire is what a good writer he is. I confess that I'm often not that interested in his subject matter but I read him with pleasure anyway, because I love that lowkey, half-ironic, informal yet superclear voice and style of his. I think Robert got it right when he referred to Derb's "ad hocism." Derb makes ad hocism look really good.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on November 12, 2005 1:34 AM

Oh yeah, it's a compliment. And I know you're a gnxp habitue, which is probably why I thought of you when I read it. I don't always agree with Derbyshire, but I appreciate his willingness to belch forth opinions that are self-evidently genuine regardless of their potential to offend. The guy does no posturing as far as I can see, and that's refreshing.

Posted by: robert on November 13, 2005 5:00 PM

Post a comment

Email Address:



Remember your info?