A Nabokovian Reading of Ishmael « The Ambiguities →
So, to summarize. We are to believe that Ishmael the composer of Moby-Dick, the lone lucky survivor of the Pequod disaster, is not traumatized by this experience into sticking to the land at all, but instead goes back to the sea constantly, taking many more trips not only on merchant vessels, but on whalers. He becomes just as obsessed with whales and the white whale especially as much as...
I wish I could inflect those paired pop-sociological clichés with the requisite...– A. O. Scott on Gen X’s midlife crisis. (via hellbox)
Hollaback! — Kickstarter I’m trying out their widget-embedding and supporting a great project. This one’s a good one to fund.
On Misguided Ethics and Walking Away from a... →
If you’re one of the people that is still not convinced that walking away is a strictly business decision in which ethics and morals should not even enter the conversation, allow me to point you toward an excellent pair of recent papers by Brent T. White, legal professor at the University of Arizona: “Underwater and Not Walking Away: Shame, Fear and the Social Management of the Housing Crisis”...
The City of Founders Without Hackers - The... →
Today’s market was neither orderly nor efficient nor trustworthy. It was just a...– Mean Street: Crash — The Machines Are in Control Now [WSJ]
The Technium: Get a Job as a Piracy Snitch →
The BSA, RIAA, and MPAA are businesses. They make money by finding faults in others and extracting payments from them by exaggerating the economic consequences of the guilty’s wrongs. They get the pirates to pay them instead of the government, and then use some of that profit to lobby the government to uphold their exaggerated import. I call that a racket.
Margaret Atwood: How I learned to love Twitter... →
I’m jealous of Margaret Atwood’s version of Twitter.
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