Comic Art

March 13, 2014

You see, the problem is I’m running out of wall space at the office. But on the other hand: Khoa Ho. If only I had another room to start hanging these in . . .

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The Most Beautiful George Weigel Book Ever

March 13, 2014

I just got my hands on George Weigel’s Roman Pilgrimage and boy, howdy, is it a looker. It’s filled with photos of Roman churches (taken by his son, Stephen) that are kind of mind-blowing. I suspect he used a medium-format camera to get so much detail, but I kept wondering how long he had to keep […]

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The Progressive Hunger Games

March 12, 2014

I pay almost no attention to District politics, but Galley Friend X, who does, sends the following gleeful note: The best political story of the year started yesterday, and it has nothing to do with Congress or the President. DC Councilman David Catania announced that he’s running for mayor. In case you guys don’t follow […]

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Porn stars. Demographics. Changing lives.

March 12, 2014

The Daily Beast has a fantastic interview with actual porn “star” Sasha Grey. She no longer does porn–but she has a lot to say on the subject of empowerment, the Duke stuff, etc. The two best moments, however, are these: (1) Talking about whether pornography satisfies male fantasies or empowers women, she says, “So, to say […]

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Final Post (?) on the Duke Porn Star

March 11, 2014

So now that we know that the Duke porn star (“star”?) is Belle Knox, one quick exit question: If her concern has been student loan debt all along, couldn’t she quit porn right now and make much more money by doing a quickie book? My guess is that some publisher would easily through a couple […]

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HD. Super Slo-Mo. Liquid Fire.

March 11, 2014

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Two Jarring Observations about Apple

March 11, 2014

From Jean-Louis Gassée. First: At Apple’s size, which is approaching $200B in yearly revenue, a “breakthrough” product would need to generate at least 5%  — $10B — in order to move the needle. That’s approximately one Facebook. And second: As our friend Horace Dediu points out,iTunes by itself would rank #130 in the Fortune 500 list […]

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On Woodrow Wilson

March 11, 2014

Galley Friend Chris Caldwell has a great essay on Woodrow Wilson in the new Claremont Review of Books. Sample awesome: In his new biography, Wilson, A. Scott Berg, whose earlier Lindbergh (1998) won the Pulitzer Prize, notes a bizarre compulsion that Wilson acquired in his teens and kept till the end of his life. Any time he became part of […]

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The Politicized Life

March 4, 2014

I haven’t seen Twelve Years a Slave in part because I didn’t see any of the movies nominated for Best Picture this year and in part because of essays like this and in part because of over-the-top praise like this. That said, if it manages to make a movie star out of Chiwetel Ejiofor, that would make […]

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The Duke Porn Star and Twitter

February 26, 2014

The Duke porn star (“star”?) has legs, evidently. Here we are on Wednesday and she’s still in the news, this time with something approaching a full-on manifesto. Two points: (1) Since she elsewhere professes to embrace real-deal libertarianism as part of the explanation for why porn is a no-shame lifestyle choice, I found this bit […]

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Worst Book Promotion. Ever.

February 26, 2014

Fabian Drixler has written a historical account of Japanese infanticide for the University of California Press. Over at New Books in East Asian Studies, they’ve done a podcast with the author. Here’s how they promote it: The book opens on a scene in the mountains of Gumna, Japan. A midwife kneels next to a mother […]

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The Duke Porn Star

February 24, 2014

In retrospect, the most surprising aspect of this story is that it took ten years for Charlotte Simmons to become quaint. Side note: There’s a really interesting inversion of moral norms here. Check out this bit from the comments section of the story: a current sophomore whose identity was easily discovered given his username and […]

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