I’ve begun to feel a convergence lately—of tools and motivation, of desire and actual potentials toward reality, of wherewithal and professional and personal need, of hubris and humility. I ain’t all that good at this social media thing—and I need to be. And so I’ve determined to more directly invoke my editorial calendar and focus on the task at hand: writing productivity. Continue reading
Great addition to his CV. I’m a huge fan of David Brooks — he’s sort of a Bizarro-Colmes on PBS. Always smiling, always cool with his big-tent analysis. Now I know where he gets his material.
- David Brooks and the Mind of Edward Snowden (newyorker.com)
- David Brooks’ Analysis of Edward Snowden Tells Us a Lot…About David Brooks (reason.com)
- What Our Words Tell Us – David Brooks (tbolto.wordpress.com)
- David Brooks on Edward Snowden, David Niven and finger bowls. (preaprez.wordpress.com)
- On David Brooks (powerlineblog.com)
- David Brooks: The Last Stalinist (syndaxvuzz.wordpress.com)
- My Response to David Brooks’ Hit Piece on Edward Snowden (sgtreport.com)
- Did David Brooks Read Charles Murray’s New Book? Did David Brooks Read the Subtitle? (delong.typepad.com)
- “[W]hen David Brooks complains that Edward Snowden is an unmediated man, I must note that in the civil society Brooks invokes…” (althouse.blogspot.com)
Our ever more sophisticated arsenal of stars and thumbs will eventually serve to curtail serendipity, adventure, and idiotic floundering. But more immediate is the simple problem of contamination. When the voices of hundreds of strangers, or even just three shrill ones, enter our heads, a tiny but vital part of ourselves is diminished. Suddenly we’re breached, denied the pleasure of articulating our own judgment on this professor, or that meal, or this city. It’s a fundamental bit of humanness to discover, say, the Velvet Underground for the first time—to rifle through that box of records at 13 and to reach an unbiased and wholly personal verdict on those strange sounds. Is it pretty? Ugly? Why are they out of tune?
Especially like the comment dialogue between Peter Mosher and ElyasM. Mosher’s points are well-made in an easily-comprehensible prose stlyle. I give him a solid 4 out of 5. ElyasM — having had the benefit of Mosher’s response on which to draw and the class to acknowledge his wisdom out of the gate — presents in even loftier (yet still lucid) style her interpretation of the author’s piece. Ultimately, having found the article of enough interest to note myself, ElyasM earns additional consideration from this reviewer. Call it the “birds-of-a-feather” bonus. I found her review more helpful, thank you very much. 5 out of 5.
Having already missed Pioneer Day myself—you know, the day of “the most organized and disciplined westward migration in American history” when Brigham Young led a four-month exodus from points east to the land of sun and salt (July 24th, 1847)—don’t let this and other red-letter days pass you by. Check your almanac and get your moon phases, gardening tips, and a boatload of whatnot.