Category: academia

Getting married today

It is ironic that an American now serves as the gravedigger of anti-monarchism.

There aren’t enough republicans to fill Wembley Stadium.

As the monarchy looks to the future, the brexitious Labour and Tory parties look to their inglorious pasts.

The cosmopolitan young royals are an easy sell when contrasted with the likes of nativist elected politicians like May and Corbyn.

Cromwell’s reign of terror made divine right look attractive.

The problem with Oxford is that it is not (and will never be) Cambridge.

Jordan Peterson is the Gwyneth Paltrow of the alt right.

Much of the blues tradition, on which rock and roll is based, is decidedly misogynistic and would run afoul of the #MeToo movement.

There are few facts in sports journalism, but there is a lot of conjecture and imaginative speculation.

Battle of evermore

March 8th is the real May Day.

Liberal feminism is low hanging fruit for any competent critic. It’s been criticized ad nauseum. Will yet another book add anything substantially new to the “to be read” pile? It is doubtful. It would be another matter to bring a critical torch to bear on the current post-liberal feminist orthodoxy: intersectionality. It needs to be torched. But this would require more courage and ingenuity than is need to bash the liberal women of the second wave. Unlike the critique of liberal feminism, there are no well-worn grooves in which to slot an argument.

Right on track

High citation counts are more rewarding than a seat on Oprah’s couch.

Mr Trump is angry at Fox News again. It’s Donald Trump vs Rove News. Battle of the bottom-feeders.

Right-wing Republicans are planning to boycott the Pope’s speech in Congress because of his stance on climate change. The Pope’s call for Republicans to act on climate change is equivalent to Reagan telling Gorby to tear down that wall.

You put a lot of thought into your non sequitur: my reply to anyone who disagrees with me.

Go to zero

Trump/Palin 2016 is in the offing. If it brings Tina Fey back to SNL, I’m all for it.

What Mr Trump’s campaign reveals is the base character of the Republican Party’s voter base.

University cops are often drawn from the Paul Blart segment of the population.

Conservatives have gained control over the AP American History curriculum. I’m glad I took AP European History.

So after countless versions over 20 years, Microsoft got a few things right. Like Soviet Five Year Plans, MS really doesn’t need to use numbers.

The righteous & the wicked

I’m all in for the next president Clinton, but FDR? Even if he gave a fine speech, no one remembers him, not even boomers.

Jeb! Bush announced his candidacy, saying “I will run to win.” What an unusual sentiment.

Intellectuals and writers can’t compete with TV, film, and sporting celebrities. Even politicians rank higher than the intelligentsia (a true disaster for humanity) because they have also taken on the trappings of celebrity. The slow culture of the life of the mind is no match for the fast culture of the digital era.

The sacking of Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt is being blamed on feminists. It is true that without feminism, Mr Hunt would have been unable to give a talk on “Women in science.”

Zooma

A posh accent signifies more than class to the American ear. It also resonates the excellence of intellect, manifest in prose and poetry; it conjures a vision of Oxbridge in the days when gentlemen scholars wore cap and gown while pondering the mysteries, and Virginia Woolf was consigned to the gravel path.

Russell Brand’s advice to not vote appears to have paid off for the Conservative Party.

Centuries from now, the Shroud of Messi will be put on display by the Vatican.

Re Biker gangland in Waco: like other post-colonial societies, the US has a problem with civil violence.