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On Metaphor Unsuitable

Honestly, legitimately, a new low for Slate.

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 11:38 am 0

On Man Really Into Fucking

When I worked on a beer truck in rural Md. in the 90s, I learned the phrase as "he'd have fucked a snake if he could stop it from wigglin'."

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 4:17 pm 0

On White Conservatives On Supreme Court Wondering Whether We Need Laws That Allow Black People To Vote For Democrats

I can't stand Thomas. I disagree w/ his approach, I disagree with his politics, and I don't particularly care for his personality. By natural extension, I disagree with his outcomes - but he's among the less "political" conservative judges on the bench, in terms of bending his legal theories to meet ideological ends. It just so happens that his legal theories are so retrograde as to almost (but only almost) guarantee a backward outcome. Unlike, say, Scalia, who a close reading over the years reveals to be virtually without principle, hiding behind the veneer of an "objective" textualism while glibly following his shit-head political instincts. They may come out on the same side. But that's irrelevant. Frankly, of the ten SCOTUS clerks or so that I know, Thomas's have been among the brightest and most rigorous. Sadly applied to said retrograde outcomes, however.

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 11:52 am 1

On White Conservatives On Supreme Court Wondering Whether We Need Laws That Allow Black People To Vote For Democrats

Matt is right on Thomas's independence. The general cluelessness (the proud obliviousness) of this post makes you look like both an asshat and an idiot. So, you know, kudos on the Exacta. And, for the record, self-regarding ideology isn't a surrogate for intelligence or skepticism. Maybe you should leave the heavy lifting to others.

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 4:32 pm 3

On Why You Should Not Use Twitter For Corporate Customer Service: A Cautionary Tale

@lorabora Strawman much? Did I suggest anywhere that people shouldn't tip? That a tip wasn't warranted here? I tend to over-tip (according to family and friends) - likely because I've had terrible jobs.

But this article isn't really about that. It's a celebration of the way that "conscience" overcame her - to what end? And why, exactly? Specifically, I'm talking about the weeping - and the implication from the article that asking a business/service provider to hold up its end of a purchase agreement is somehow unethical, inhumane or cruel. No one is apologizing for assholes.

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm 1

On Why You Should Not Use Twitter For Corporate Customer Service: A Cautionary Tale

@Leon Not really. But turning this into some kind of Nietzschean horse-whipping is a bit much. Having had numerous *$%* jobs, I can say with some confidence that people working them don't want to bathed in some kind of bougie existential pity. People work. Work sucks sometimes. And just about every action we take in this world has some kind of negative impact. In terms of scale, this is one is negligible.

And, yeah, I've been in NYC since 2001 and wholeheartedly agree re: its reputation for callous assholes. Fiction, mostly. Save for the bleachers at Yankee Stadium.

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm 2

On Why You Should Not Use Twitter For Corporate Customer Service: A Cautionary Tale

I'm baffled by this article.

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 10:32 am 1

On Sitcom Not A Documentary

This is insightful stuff:

"I'm half-Indian, half-Filipino. So I just lit up when I saw the promo because I was like, that's me right there. She represents my demographic," said Portland area-based Dr. Stella Dantas, who said she hasn't yet gotten a chance to watch the show yet.

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm 3

On Did You Grow Up With Tom Carvel's Voice In Your Head?

First, I want to offer my kudos to Mr. Talent. The novels of the Amis family are a great resource for anonymous internet identity.

Second, growing up in the 1970/80s and 45 minutes south of Philly, in Maryland, these ads were also everywhere.

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 2:19 pm 0

On Today In Rap And Books

To be clear, I know the rudimentary mechanics of omission. Just curious how he could leave it out while discussing the nexus of rap/literature.

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm 0