Writing. A lot. Some things that should be of interest:
- Via LGF, one of the best things I’ve read on Syria. Tom Nichols: “…the use of chemical weapons in this way and on this scale against civilians would trigger a response from the United States no matter who’s in office.” Also: Slate has a report on how the President decided that Assad did use the weapons. There’s plenty of good anti-war links out there, too, but I think I’d better link to what has become an extreme minority opinion at the moment.
- On reddit, there’s a little discussion about Leo Strauss. Redditor “pyth” did a great job of talking about the issue in the comments and because of him, I took a look at the Zuckert’s “The Truth about Leo Strauss” book. I recommend it: the introduction alone is an excellent study of how conspiracy theory and rumors can become a mainstream narrative. Of interest, though, might be my comment on the whole of the thread.
- Shared Walter Kirn’s ultimately hopeful essay about the Ivy League drug scene with many of you, but here it is just in case.
- Russell Jacoby’s rant about professors being a bit “careerist” strikes a nerve.
- “An analysis by the liberal Center for Economic and Policy Research found that more than a quarter of fast-food workers have kids to feed. But when McDonald’s launched a budgeting website in July to help its employees budget with their current wages, critics sneered that even McDonald’s was admitting its workers couldn’t survive on what they were being paid. The “sample budget” provided included a second job, no money for kids, no money for heat and $20 a month for health insurance.”
- And one of the most beautiful recordings I’ve come across recently. Yo-Yo Ma and Ton Koopman perform Bach’s Air