URLs du Jour

2008-09-16

I have some really untimely stuff today. Worse, even, than usual.

  • Pun Salad missed commenting in a timely matter on Obama's TV ad about John McCain's out-of-touchiness: "Can't send an email." But Instapundit went to town on it, though. And I love this quote he reproduced from an Ace of Spades commenter:

    I think they spent months trying to figure out how they can position Obama as better qualified than McCain, and basically came up with the fact that Obama can type.

    Indeed.

  • Pun Salad's sophisticated political analysis from August 30 was borne out, as Tina Fey appeared on Saturday Night Live over the weekend as Governor Palin:

    To be fair, this sophisticated political analysis also occurred to approximately thirty million other bloggers.

    Allahpundit quotes McCain advisor Carly Fiorina who played the "sexist" card against SNL. Like Allahpundit, I say: "Please." That's a losing game best left to Democrats.

  • Brilliant writer David Foster Wallace committed suicide last week. He had a long history of depression, was trying to deal with it without drugs, and that apparently didn't work out for him.

    Whenever this sort of thing happens, my thoughts seem to go right to the banal and stupid. Maybe the Substances caught up with him. If only he'd have just popped in a DVD of Singin' in the Rain instead—wouldn't that have cheered anyone up?

    I read his 1-kilopage Infinite Jest a few years back. It was tough, but worthwhile. I have a book of his essays, Consider the Lobster, on my TBR pile.

    Shawn Macomber is (to my mind) on-target with his comments and his impatience with shallow appreciations in the MSM.

    Wallace’s work was grandiose, lyrical and at times very tough to penetrate, but it was never condescending or about being insular for insularity’s sake, which is apparently much more than we can hope for from his posthumous critical peanut gallery. My advice on this sad day would be to read something by Wallace rather than about him. It'll be a much more gratifying experience.

    Good point. Maybe I'll move Consider the Lobster up a few notches in the pile.

  • If you'd like to know whether the Large Hadron Collider has destroyed the world yet, you can check that out at: http://hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com/. (Via BBSpot.)


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