If you don't want to read the Harry Potter books, I think it's fine. (I only read them to check on their suitability for my children.) But if you haven't read a book, you probably ought not to make part of it the central metaphor of your unrelated opinion piece. You run the risk of misunderstanding and then you make a hash of your point inadvertently.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
It seems like Patrick Rothfuss and George RR Martin have a one-upsmanship fight going about how badly they can abuse their fans without alienating them all.
George: I can make them wait more than 6 years for a book.
Pat: I can make them wait more than 7.
G: I can make them wait more than 20 years for the story to end.
P: I can start a TV series based on my trilogy before I've finished.
G: I can have my TV series pass the books and spoil the plot.
P: I can sell 10th Anniversary editions of my first book without any hint of the third book being ready.
G: Ooh, good one.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
It no longer surprises, but it still disappoints that The Federalist writes a sympathetic brief for sexual immorality on the occasion of Hugh Hefner's death. They are, after all, the publication that went ahead and published articles on defense of prostitution and polyamory. What's a defense of a pornographer after that?
EDIT: Joe Carter is in the breach, yet again saying what needs to be said.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
I deleted my Twitter account.
It was only in retrospect that I realized the timing coming so close on the heels of having met @educatedwhinge in person might have left a false impression. The actual reason was that I kept being unreasonably angry at things that I ought to have been able to laugh off. People I normally enjoyed interacting with were making my blood boil and I needed to avoid writing things I would have regretted. We'll see if/how long it sticks.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
A lot of folks in the US who hate sports and folks from other countries mock the idea of the MLB championship being called the "World Series". After all, it's not like we invite other countries. Moreover, the US doesn't win the WBC. But that's because if you're one of the best baseball players, you play in the MLB. The players who stay behind in Venezuela, Puerto Rico (why do they have a national team anyway?), Japan, etc. aren't nearly as good as the ones who come to play in the US. There may be exceptions; I suspect more than a few Japanese players could make in the MLB, but find the culture shift and potential for a reduced role in the US sufficiently unpleasant that they prefer to stay in Japan. On the whole, however, the World Series is the true world championship. Join me after the jump for a few stats and facts.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The biggest problem with The Pothunters is that it's rather disjointed. There are a few plotlines and they never quite mesh fully. They're related and they interact, certainly, but there is a distinct lack of that seamless weaving of the threads of multiple subplots that will be such an important feature of Wodehouse's later work. There are amusing moments here too, but this book isn't written to be as comedic as most of his works and the jokes here are indicative of his later mastery. It's raw ore waiting to be refined; you can see the potential, but it's not realised.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
[inviting] more than 1,500 leaders from across the American film community – screenwriters, directors, actors, producers, cinematographers, editors, executives, film historians and critics among them – to choose from a list of 400 nominated films compiled by AFI and select the 100 greatest American movies.Which is okay, I guess. This is a pretty good crowd to ask about movies; they should know a fair bit about them. But they limited them to a pre-culled list of 400, which is not so great. But the really interesting thing was that 9 years later, in 2007 they did it again.
The brief text on their site makes it sound like they asked all the same people again, thought I would have expected at least a few of them to have been unavailable. Perhaps some of them had died in the intervening years, or were out of town, disinclined to participate, something. Be that as it may, the differences between the lists are what really caught my attention. And there are some significant differences. Hit that jump and let's discuss.
Thursday, February 02, 2017
He started out writing these kinds of mildly amusing, earnestly moral stories for magazines aimed at boys in their early teens. Wodehouse himself was a young man not far removed from these school days; he was about 20 when this story was written. I'll check in again when I've finished the book with some more detailed thoughts.