Ugh, Malcolm Gladwell bothers me so much. I’m bothered by how he considers himself to be a professional communicator of “big ideas” when in reality he’s a professional practitioner of empty rhetoric, selling tenuous and dangerous connections between things. His basic formula of taking a concept from social science or… Read more
Can I piggyback on this and say I hate it when people do this about the Rockets’ championships in the 90s? “They only won because MJ was off playing baseball.” My reminder that MJ was back for the second half of the 94/95 season (averaging 31.5 ppg in the playoffs) makes no difference. Ugh, makes me wanna punch people.
In the end the Lakers Front Office would announce that July came before January, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality, was tacitly… Read more
Read A Paradise Built in Hell. People don’t turn into psychopath loners during a disaster. The structures of our fucked up society keep us apart and alienate us and make us selfish out of fear of precarity, but the second it becomes clear that the tornado or hurricane or earthquake or forest fire has cut us off from… Read more