Monthly Archives: August 2013

0, 1900, 2013

There’s something about the cushion of empire that inspires both coziness and self-doubt. There’s something very comfortable and familiar for me in visiting the Roman or the late Victorian/early Edwardian culture.  It feels all the same atmosphere as my own

Posted in general observations

Are you a patronizing fuckwit? (a post wherein the author combines personal sentiments with some potentially worthwhile reading recommendations from the classical canon)

Intrinsic to the patronizing impulse is the notion that no true meeting of minds can ever be had: the distance is too great.  Your interlocutor is a lost cause, in other words.  Therefore, what is the point of that little

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New book, old letters

Some comment related to an upcoming book, Writing on the Wall: Social Media, the First 2,000 years, Tom Standage.   A you might guess from the title, a historical take on social networks, which he defines as two-way, conversational environments in

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