Saturday, May 19, 2018

Links!


It's two weeks until Summer I begins. I am probably teaching two classes in that semester -- madness! But (as always) we need the money.

Meanwhile I am writing and writing.

Here, have links!

Cool article on Homer and color words -- also touches on why translations are such a tangled web

Don't forget to sign up for the give-away of my novel!

Charles Murray is a terrible human being

Via TYWKIWDBI, why America is broken

NYTimes lets Jordan Peterson hang himself

Jessica Valenti on Peterson

For those of you who want to know even more about Jordan Peterson

See also this :

When the shooting stopped, Mr. Dixon said that friends told him that the gunman first entered an art classroom, said “Surprise!” and started shooting. The suspect’s ex-girlfriend was among the people shot in that classroom, he said.


Rod Dreher, of course, thinks school shootings are caused by access to the internet.

Also, Rod Dreher thinks you should get off his fucking lawn


I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing -- the causes are worth looking at though. (Hint: It's probably not bc Gen Whatevs is so selfish.)



Monday, May 14, 2018

Fault Lines Give-Away Promo


You know you've been waiting for it!

Now you can jump the line! Candlemark & Gleam is holding a May Giveaway of my new book, Fault Lines.

Go here for more details!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Dreaming


I had the best dream last night.

First, I got a $20,000 raise. Also it was rainy and grey outside -- my favorite weather. Then as we were driving home, we heard that the Paris Accords were working. Then I started getting texts and emails from everyone telling me my book was a best-seller.

Then -- and this was the best part of the dream, I even thought, inside the dream, this is like the best dream ever -- then, Donald Trump got impeached.

Happy Mother's Day, y'all.

May all your dreams come true!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Donald Glover / Childish Gambino


To be honest, I had lost track of Donald Glover after I quit watching Community, a comedy about a community college which, for its first three seasons, was quite good. (After that, it became quite terrible.) Donald Glover played Trey Barnes on the show.

He was also, apparently, in the Martian, so I probably saw him in that. But the Martin was so boring I remember almost nothing about it.

Then, as I'm sure most of you know, his video "This is America" dropped last week.

Whoa.

I'm not caught up, but Glover has apparently become (or at least come out) as a genius while my back was turned. I've just started watching his series Atlanta (brilliant), and I'm listening almost non-stop to his music.

Here's the video, in case you missed it, and some commentary on it.

The video:


Commentary:


More commentary -- this one's pretty good

This one might be my fav -- from the article:


“This is the thoughtful discussion of the place of violence in the American landscape and how guns are a perpetual and tragically necessary part of living in America,” says Touré. “I think it’s critical when [Gambino] says ‘I got strap, I have to carry it.’ He’s not bragging about having a gun, he’s like ‘I have to, this is America, this is the way things go here.’ The fact that he has to is really important to the message.”

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Links!


We're driving up to Fayetteville to fetch the kid home for the summer.

Have some links!


The end of this editorial is the most compelling bit -- the start, meh. I think we've given Kevin Williamson enough attention. He's another overrated white guy, who's been surviving on Wingnut Welfare. Time to send him on the Hate-Wing Lecture circuit where he belongs.

Amazing

IT ME!

Employment is up, wages ain't (at least for most of us)

At least one reason for the previous

Interesting, but I need more data

Trump supporter uses his free speech


Philosophy, man


For like all six of you who haven't seen this yet -- Donald Glover is a straight genius:



Wednesday, May 09, 2018

This is Why Internet

I'm learning French on Duolingo -- really just messing around, obviously. This is no way to really learn a language. Anyway, for the phrase "Comment vous appelez-vous?" I found these comments, which I had to share:

https://www.duolingo.com/WendlaGoodman
WendlaGoodman
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Alexander Hamilton. Je m'appelle Alexander Hamilton.

5
ReplyGive Lingot1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VinegarII
VinegarII
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  • 3

Je m'appelle Philip Je suis un poète J'ai écrit cette poème juste pour le montrer

0
ReplyGive Lingot5 months ago

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Thinking about Graduate School


"Ego-involved" was a big thing back in graduate school.

As in, "Wow, he's a little ego-involved in his work, isn't he?"

Or: "Yeah, she doesn't really take criticism of her poetry well. Too ego-involved."

I'm trying to remember where this came from. Maybe from reading the Bhagavad Gita?

Who knows. The 90s, man.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Holy Hell


If you ever want to start a Twitter storm, just tweet that food-woo (in this case, Pink Himalayan Salt) is bullshit.

I've STILL got people coming @ me

Thursday, May 03, 2018

You Can't Make This Shit Up, Y'all


See, even if I had known it was a lie, I still would have posted it, because it's okay to lie about gay people and other people I don't like.

How else is a good Christian conservative supposed to save this country from the liberals?




Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Here is How Good People Act


You'll remember a few days ago I wrote about Rod Dreher and his silly pearl-clutching over parents discussing what they would like their children to call them. (Rod thinks civilization will be destroyed if every single parent doesn't parent in lockstep with every other parent.)

As an antidote to that toxic and fragile bullshit, I offer this wonderful story.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel


Y'all, if you haven't seen The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (available on Amazon Prime), go watch it now.




Only the first season is available so far, but the second season is filming as we speak.

(H/T Nicole and Maggie)

It's not the End, but You Can See it from Here


The end of the semester hoves near, y'all.

I'm only giving one exam, in English Grammar, which will be practically painless (at least for me). My other classes have portfolios, which will have to be read and commented on. That's more work, but it's also slower work.

Soon I will have almost a month off, in other words. I'm teaching Summer I, which starts in early June. So I've got almost all of May to write, and maybe sleep, if I got shake this pernicious insomnia.

The kid comes home on May 11. Then they're going to visit their sweetie for awhile, who lives in Pennsylvania.

Then they'll see about getting a job.

Yes, it's an exciting summer planned here at Chez delagar.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Why Are You So Angry?


Apropos of nothing in particular, my very favorite tactic of the passive-aggressive Far-Right is how they say, with such sad concern, that it really is a shame you're so angry about this issue.

You poor irrational girl-child, you.

(I hope you can hear my eyes rolling from clear over here.)

Risotta


I am trying to make mushroom risotta at home.

So far I have not been at all happy with the results.

The recipe I used is the one in in Julia Child's cookbook, and sadly it was sort of meh.

Who has a wonderful risotta recipe they will share with me?

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Oh My


I used to be in such better shape. I used to run five k races in under 35 minutes, regularly.

Now just mowing the lawn and bundling up a few bundles of sticks for the lawn removal guys wears me to a frazzle.