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November 27, 2007


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Stephen King has some thoughts about what ails the short story. (Link thanks to Dave Lull.)

* Cryptic yet satisfying, not to mention dependably provocative: OOCRadio, a blog by a guy who enjoys Antonioni, death masks, and Philip K. Dick.

* Steve Sailer links to some pieces reporting that the excellent Shelby Steele is writing a book about Barack Obama.

* Vanessa discovers her favorite Chicago pizza.

* TerrierMan makes a heckuva case for gun ownership, and links to a hilarious video clip about Thomas Midgely Jr., history's greatest environmental troublemaker.

* The state of Pennsylvania doesn't want you to know whether the milk you're thinking of buying was produced with the aid of growth hormones.

* Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen figures out how many copies a book needs to sell to make it onto the bestseller list. Though the word "bestseller" certainly sounds impressive, the sales figure that makes a book a bestseller is amazingly small. I wrote about some other aspects of bestseller lists back here.

* Thursday contrasts the "creative artist" and the "critical artist."

* MBlowhard Rewind: I expressed the hope that the monopoly of the "taste mafia" should break up soon.



posted by Michael at November 27, 2007


So at last I know who Michael really is. After reading the paragraph in the NYT piece on the dying short story, the one that begins, "Talent can’t help itself; it roars along...", I recognized the sentiments and especially--no, exactly--the style as those of none other than our own esteemed MB.

Michael Blowhard is Stephen King. It explains a lot, really.

Posted by: PatrickH on November 27, 2007 6:38 PM

Monsanto tried that same crap in Canada a few years - pressuring the government to ban special labels for non-BGH milk - but they didn't succeed. I'm afraid it's permanently prejudiced me against the company and everything associated with it. If Monsanto wants to suppress the freedom of a dairy producer to communicate with me as both of us want to, I will say to Monsanto, "I will never trust you, I will never accept any information you provide, because I know you are willing to suppress the other side of the story."

Posted by: Intellectual Pariah on November 27, 2007 7:38 PM

"Cryptic, yet satisfying..."--My wife strongly disagrees on both counts.

Posted by: OutOfContext on December 1, 2007 1:07 PM

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