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On Who Was The World's First Blogger?

Well by these standards Witold Gombrowicz should absolutely be on the list. He would have loved a blog. And exiled in Argentina he began to get some of his worldwide fame by publishing his diaries in European journals. And his diaries are a true collection of the bizarre.

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm 1

On A Supposedly True Thing Jonathan Franzen Said About David Foster Wallace

@Marta Zieba@facebook I think he is angry on a personal level not a professional one.

Posted on October 11, 2011 at 8:41 pm 1

On Three Rotten Classic Books I Never Want to See Again

@jack human Catcher in the Rye is a terrible book. I don't know how anyone who isn't a teenage boy could love it. It is basically a young adult novel that has no real significance to anyone who can legally drink. People always forget that Holden was an insufferable snob.

Posted on September 3, 2011 at 1:06 am 0

On Three Rotten Classic Books I Never Want to See Again

@KenWheaton Plus, Middlemarch was also a fairly engaging story with fairly interesting people. If Moby Dick and Middlemarch are your choices it is Middlemarch until the end of time.

Posted on September 3, 2011 at 1:01 am 0

On Three Rotten Classic Books I Never Want to See Again

Posted on September 3, 2011 at 12:54 am 0

On The Weird, Frictionless Politics Of 'Parks And Recreation'

I agree with the underlying point but this article isn't exactly accurate. Outside of the one concert with Freddie Spaghetti last season the Parks department hasn't received any special financial attention. The whole point of the Harvest Festival was that it had to be self-funding and even profitable. Which is why if it failed (and the government had to step in and cover the cost) the whole department could lose their jobs. And we see them tirelessly trying to get funding and sponsors (even when Leslie had the flu). After the festival Chris insisted that they come up with ideas that generate profits and do not sink government money. Which is why Leslie had to come up with all of those profitable ideas rather than focusing on building something on what used to be Ann's pit (in the camping episode). So, the department hasn't done anything that would lead to loss of money to other departments.

Leslie isn't constantly looking for more money from the government. At this point, she is creating her own ways to both increase revenue and provide services she thinks are necessary for a community. Even in the Parker Posey episode you see that the hastily converted baseball field was sponsored by Sweetums (it was on the scoreboard). The show is naive not because they are avoiding the realities of the government (that there isn't money just for the taking and giving to one takes from the other) but because it believes that if you work hard and think outside the box we can find solutions to any problem. When, in reality, thinking outside the box is next to impossible to do in local government because of all the red tape.

Posted on May 27, 2011 at 9:14 am 4