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Saturday, October 19, 2002


Free Reads -- Philosoblog and Envy
Friedrich -- A new find: Jim Ryan's engrossing Philosoblog, here. It's a robust and invigorating pleasure going along for the... posted by Michael at October 19, 2002 | perma-link | (11) comments




Magazine Culture Redux
Michael As I browsed a magazine stand recently I was surprised to see an essay by Shelby Steele in the... posted by Friedrich at October 19, 2002 | perma-link | (4) comments




TV Alert
Friedrich -- We postmoderns tend to take for granted how well-off we are in terms of access to entertainment. You've... posted by Michael at October 19, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments




Tacit Knowledge -- Polaroid
Friedrich -- Polanyi: How can we know what we don't know we know? Have you run across Michael Polanyi's concept... posted by Michael at October 19, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments





Friday, October 18, 2002


The Economics of Elvis reredux
Michael You ask what direction would I like to see copyright law take as we move further into the age... posted by Friedrich at October 18, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments




Bye-Bye Movies, Hello Digishorts
Friedrich -- I dragged the Wife to an evening at ResFest, a touring festival of films made with digital equipment... posted by Michael at October 18, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments




Economics of Elvis Redux
Friedrich -- Many thanks for explaining the business history behind the pop-music business. I'd always wondered what the hell ASCAP... posted by Michael at October 18, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments




On-Stage Ads
Friedrich -- Vanessa O'Connell in the WSJ (not online, at least not for free) reports that billboards for Piper-Hiedsick and... posted by Michael at October 18, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments




Free Reads -- John Allen Paulos
Friedrich -- In ABCNews.com, here, John Allen Paulos looks at how and why people seem more responsive to stories than... posted by Michael at October 18, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments




Keats and British Acting
Friedrich -- I just finished listening to an audiobook of selected poems by John Keats, read by a variety of... posted by Michael at October 18, 2002 | perma-link | (1) comments




The Economics of Elvis
Michael Perhaps you noticed the following in the October 12 issue of the Economist: The war over control of the... posted by Friedrich at October 18, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments




Report From Texas redux
Friedrich -- Thanks for passing along the story about Joni Rogers, who sounds like quite a wit, and quite an... posted by Michael at October 18, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments




Report from Texas
Michael One of our correspondents writes that she attended an interesting luncheon recently featuring Joni Rogers, a cancer survivor who... posted by Friedrich at October 18, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments




Evo Bio Questions -- Acne
Friedrich -- I couldn't be happier that evolutionary-biology thinking has been flourishing, and at the progress it's made in pushing... posted by Michael at October 18, 2002 | perma-link | (2) comments





Thursday, October 17, 2002


Derbyshire on taxes
Friedrich -- Most of the arguments I've seen in favor of smaller government have been based on such notions as... posted by Michael at October 17, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments




Free Reads -- Saddam's Sons
Friedrich -- Fabulous reporting in this Newsweek piece about Saddam Hussein's sons, here. Evan Thomas, Christopher Dickey, Colin Soloway and... posted by Michael at October 17, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments




Free Reads -- Paul Johnson
Friedrich -- A freebie online treat from the Wall Street Journal, which doesn't give much away for free: the historian... posted by Michael at October 17, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments




Free Reads -- Steve Sailer
Friedrich -- I love checking in on the protean Steve Sailer (here). He writes enlighteningly about evolutionary biology, he writes... posted by Michael at October 17, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments





Wednesday, October 16, 2002


DVD update
Friedrich -- The Wife and I had a DVD orgy over the long weekend, managing to watch four movies without... posted by Michael at October 16, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments




Non Negotiable Demands reredux
Michael I’m not normally a big one for movie sequels, but I was pleased to read in the Los Angeles... posted by Friedrich at October 16, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments




Artistic Quote of the Day
Michael A quote from John Walker’s “Constable”: [Constable] found beauty in everything that grows: weeds as well as flowers. He... posted by Friedrich at October 16, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments




Gross Over-generalizations -- Women and Baked Goods
Friedrich -- Mood heighteners? What is it with women and baked goods? Last night, for example, I was at dinner... posted by Michael at October 16, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments




Poussin redux
Michael Your posting on Poussin reminded me of an observation by Delacroix (who was an extremely intelligent art critic.) Delacroix... posted by Friedrich at October 16, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments





Tuesday, October 15, 2002


Decades of Design?
Michael Granted, I’m the former Detroiter, but we’re both old enough to at least dimly remember the days when American... posted by Friedrich at October 15, 2002 | perma-link | (2) comments





Monday, October 14, 2002


Short Stuff
Michael Going through the Wall Street Journal of October 14, I noticed the following, er, "Dog-Bites-Man" headlines: -TNT Tells Operators... posted by Friedrich at October 14, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments




Free Reads -- Glenn Gould
Friedrich -- Rick Phillips writes about Glenn Gould for Gramphone magazine, here. Thanks to cultureblogger Kelly Jane Torrance (here) for... posted by Michael at October 14, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments




TV Alert
Friedrich -- As you with your Tivo and I with my VCR know, the idiot box is idiotic only if... posted by Michael at October 14, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments





Sunday, October 13, 2002


Comics--That Old Time Religion
Michael, Thanks for tipping me off on the latest in the debate over the religious affiliation of super-heroes. According to... posted by Friedrich at October 13, 2002 | perma-link | (1) comments




Truth in Advertising redux
Michael My posting on “Truth in Advertising” received a response from one of the University of California lecturers who was... posted by Friedrich at October 13, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments




Art, Beauty & Fashion
Michael Thanks for sending me a copy of Dave Hickey’s 1992 book, “The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty.” I... posted by Friedrich at October 13, 2002 | perma-link | (0) comments