* The New Yorker
has a profile up of Joe Lieberman whose title alone is worth the steep price of having to think about Joe Lieberman: "The Lorax."
* Joss Whedon is off Wonder Woman
, and the Absorbacon couldn't be happier
. I'm happy too, because now I don't have to go see Wonder Woman. Okay, okay, I probably will anyway.
* In practice this meant that Wells, espousing the doctrine of free love, pursued women steadily and relentlessly for the whole of his adult life; the intensity of sexual renewal was his necessity, and he thought that neither he nor anyone else should do without it.
Vivian Gornick has the secret life of H.G. Wells
* And, via Vu, comes some helpful notes on rhetoric
Emotion –your opponent is necessarily and invariably ‘excitable” “agitated’ “animated”; you, by contrast, are immobile, impassive, devoid of emotion - a computer imbued with consciousness.
Entertaining - You find your opponent entertaining. His arguments are 'amusing', 'diverting' and so on, a kind of sport, which you have enjoyed. At some point, however, this becomes 'embarassing' and you should advise your opponent to retire before he humiliates himself. At all costs avoid suggesting you are seriously engaged with what he is saying.
Postmodern - use to refer to any jargon unfamiliar to you. Apparently the term has a more precise meaning, but this is only according to people who write in unfamiliar jargon and can therefore be safely ignored.
“Unwitting” – almost everything your opponent does is ‘unwitting’, eg revealing his real sympathies, confirming your argument, showing his true colours etc.