[links] Link salad heads out for another hike

Hear That? #11: Koelle, Lake, Shehadeh — Sandra Odell reviews, among other things, the recent podcast of my short story, “The American Dead.”

The true secret of love…Marti McKenna makes a funny and neat image out of something I said.

Avengers of Harmony — My Little Pony/Avengers mashup video. Heh. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Heavy ion collisions reveal the earliest instants of our UniverseLHC and RHIC provide a completely different view of fundamental forces.

Is Central Oregon Warming To Gay Culture?

Penn State orders removal of Paterno statue — One very small but symbolic step in the right direction.

The Seven Stages of Gun Violence — Some wise thoughts about the American response to violence. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Dreaming of a World With No Intellectuals — Conservatives and the intellectual life. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Legislator Upset That Muslims Want to Use School-Voucher Program Too — This is actually slightly old news, but I like this particular take on the story. Especially this: [Republican state representative] Hodges mistakenly assumed that ‘religious’ meant ‘Christian.’ Which pretty much in a nutshell explains the conservative view of the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion. More of that justly famed conservative intellectual consistency: absolutists to a point beyond absurdity on the Second Amendment, arrant revisionists and situationalists on the First.

Self-Indulgence and DutyMany of the failures of the Bush [Administration] came about partly because most conservatives fell in line, deferred to party leaders, and did their “duty” to their party by continuing to support it even when it was leading them and the country towards disaster. It doesn’t bode well for the future if conservatives are ready to fall back into that same pattern.

?otD: Got mountain?

Writing time yesterday: 90 minutes (research plus 1,300 words on a requested short story)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride, trail hiking to come
Hours slept: 6.5 (solid)
Weight: 237.8
Currently reading: Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie

3 thoughts on “[links] Link salad heads out for another hike

  1. I read the Jacoby article (“Imagine a World with No Intellectuals”) a few days ago, thanks to Andrew Sullivan. It’s a book review, of David Gelernter’s America Lite.

    The essay makes my BS alarm blink weakly, because it’s an anecdote– a single commentary on a single book and its poorly reasoned and poorly premised arguments. Jacoby is tarring all of conservative academia with the single brush of Gelernter’s anti-academic brush.

    But only weakly, because I fear he may be correct. In the same week, I read an equally absurd screed in which the author proposed that if Darwin were correct, the intellectuals should have no fear of global warming, because “the world is but matter, and there are no values,” and then says that only Christians have been called upon to “care and steward the world” but that it’s absurd to believe we could actually, you know, wreck the place.

    Jacoby may be right, but an anecdote is not data, even though it’s plural is.

    1. Cora says:

      Honestly, many American conservatives are starting to sound so crazy it’s impossible to take them seriously at all.

  2. Cora says:

    It’s only Soviet and Post-Soviet style dictatorships that put up statues of people still living. Democratic countries generally tend to wait until the person in question is dead before they put up a statue. Which does say a lot about Penn State University.

    As for the conservative intellectuals, what always strikes me is how utterly irrelevant those people are outside the US. Most of the names given in that article are completely unknown outside the US (except Edmund Burke). No one reads them, no one quotes them, no one cares. The US is slowly divorcing itself from the international intellectual discourse.

    As for a Jewish person named Gelernter (which means scholar) complaining about all Jewish intellectuals ruining higher education in the US, it would be ironic if it wouldn’t be so depressing.

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