Links, 11/5/10

Outside: cold, wet. Patches of blue sky getting brighter. I want to walk. Do I want to reach someplace new, or simply be found?

The last two times at the bookstore: the first time, everyone was  an intellectual. One man pulled out a volume of poems by Baudelaire and made notes. He browsed through a volume of Kay Ryan’s. Another read Locke’s Second Treatise nearby. Quite a few were reading classics. I felt guilty and started reading Descartes’ “Discourse on Method” with a secondary source that was also in the store.

The last time I went people were just bogged down in work. Everyone seemed to have a laptop, or were like the teacher doing grading and messily spread out around 2 tables or so. I read some of Helen Vendler’s new book on Dickinson. The introduction was excellent, and she covers some poems that I’ve already blogged about. Some new insights, nothing that was earth-shattering yet. A review of that book might be a goal for today. There’s lots to do, but I want to do something a bit different.

A few links:

  • Megan McArdle, “What’s in a Name?” – from the article: German bakers are very upset over a new machine at Aldi that produces “fresh baked bread” at a moment’s notice…
  • Jay Cost, “The Down Ballot Rout” – this was my first impression of the significance of the electoral results. It seemed to me GOP control of state houses and legislatures was the really big deal. Hopefully some budget cutting will come of this. A good portion of stimulus money does nothing but plug holes in state budgets, holes created by the fact that states have been rather profligate for a while now.
  • Christopher Beam, “Blue Linings” – when a populist party gets thumped at the polls, strange things get said. Very strange things, actually.

Sorry about how political the links have been recently. There isn’t much else I’ve found of interest other than articles on sports. I’m reading Oedipus at Colonus right now; that might turn into a blog entry, might not.

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