If you’ve been reading “The Archaeology of the Soul,” you’ll notice my last two entries have been quite heavily influenced by it. Usually I come across an idea about metaphor or theme in a book that requires some modification when brought to another work. The ideas I’ve encountered from Benardete recently have a directness and power impossible to avoid. I’m seeing them in nearly everything I read to an unprecedented degree.
- If you haven’t seen Leigh Lahav’s “Fangirls” cartoon yet, you’re missing out.
- Weigel points to this argument by one Brian Walsh that a number of conservative groups are only after money, nothing more. 99% of the “he’s a RINO he’s not conservative” stuff are scams, truly indistinguishable from e-mail spam. I wonder if for a time the Democratic party was going through the same thing, that a good portion of the base was throwing money at con-artists pretending to be activists.
- In “things to make you sick” news: “In December 2009, a Wyoming woman was raped with a knife sharpener in her home after an ex-boyfriend assumed her identity and posted a Craigslist ad that read, “Need an aggressive man with no concern or regard for women.” Her ex and the man who raped her are both serving long prison sentences.”
- Paul Theroux: “My nephew Justin is an actor, and he didn’t get a lot of encouragement. Everyone needs encouragement. I think you need someone to say, at some stage, particularly someone not in your family, “I read you” or “I saw you onstage”—whatever it is. “Good going. You’ve got it.”
- Julia Lezhneva sings the “Alleluia” from Mozart’s “Exultate Jubilate”