END OF AN ERROR: THE WELCOME DEATH of the SO-CALLED “LIT BLOG”

Lit Blogs are being shuttered (or abandoned, lights still on, uneaten breakfast on the table) left and right. The shutterings are sometimes accompanied by grandiose valedictory statements at which I can’t help snorting: another stuffy, tin-eared, humor-free pedant with five, or ten,  or fifteen years’ worth of preeningly-curated reading lists  (of obscure and bleak German, South American, Turkish or Scandinavian novels in translation)  is calling it the End of an Era? Ha! Most of these Lit Blogs were actually second rate Undergrad Philosophy seminars run by pantomime Dons in the pipe-smoking, cape-wearing, fantasy tradition. They would not, could not, tell … Continue reading END OF AN ERROR: THE WELCOME DEATH of the SO-CALLED “LIT BLOG”

LET X=

1-LOWER MATH   Today’s winkingly pseudo-progressive racialism award goes to Eric Ross Weinstein, who coyly tweeted, the night before Xmas (emphasis mine): My scientific take on Race & IQ has nothing to do w either Race or IQ: Let X(p) be any continuously varying measurable scalar that can be defined for every person p in any population P_i. Then I would never expect m(X(P_i))=m(X(P_j)) where m is the mean & P_i, P_j are distinct. Speaking as a p, P_i and P_j are distinct in what quantifiable and non-trivial way(s), precisely… the median quality of their extravagant toupees? Have we all already casually forgotten … Continue reading LET X=

ANOTHER PICTURE FORMS in the CRACKLING FLAMES of these LITERARY ENDTIMES

Every Age has its signature follies: from 15th century Europe’s infatuation with the codpiece to the early-20th century radium craze (radium-filled chocolate bars, toothpastes and suppositories were once quite in), historical hindsight eventually makes a fool of every decade, dynasty, century and/or reign. What will “we” be known and mocked for by the super-sophisticates of the 23rd century? It’s always difficult to know as it’s happening  (eg, I’m quite sure I felt that elephant-bells and cork-heeled platforms  were fundamentally sound, at the time), but some trends are so fucking jaw-droppingly moronic that they sort of… stand out. Sticking, for the … Continue reading ANOTHER PICTURE FORMS in the CRACKLING FLAMES of these LITERARY ENDTIMES

WHAT IS LEFT

I’ve never been a swooning fan of Cornel West’s presentation (like those other On-Camera Academics, Slavoj Zizek and Camille Paglia, West’s branding tics… in Paglia’s case it was demotic gum-chewing, in Zizek’s case the tics are literal…  are as lurid as a Professional Wrestlers’ masks and capes) but the man has tried to maintain a consistent, coherently dissident  presence, against tremendous odds, for quite some time. Since 2008, at least, he has struggled: almost a decade of swimming against a terrifyingly lockstep crowd. The tremendous odds against which West had to set himself were generated by the Charismatic Obama Regime … Continue reading WHAT IS LEFT

BUT THE DOUGHNUTS ARE CHEAP and the PORN IS FREE, SO…. (a quick aggregation of Horrors)

Think of the worst, most violently selfish and dangerous people you’ve ever known or heard about and realize that those are the types in control of The Planet.  It is irrefutably so. Logically speaking, how could decent, peace-loving, compassionate people hope to stand a chance in the struggle for power when the struggle pits them against people willing and able to lie, cheat, manipulate, dissemble and kill… and do all of the aforementioned with great pleasure and consummate skill, often? The psychopaths always win (and they always hire a nice thick layer of smiling, attractive actors to put a chummy, sexy … Continue reading BUT THE DOUGHNUTS ARE CHEAP and the PORN IS FREE, SO…. (a quick aggregation of Horrors)

THE CLOAK ‘N DAGGER PENTAMETER: a review of Paul Beatty’s THE SELLOUT and a look at several other shitty books and why they’re Hyped

The well of culture has been poisoned with propaganda. It may not be as lethal as a literal well-poisoning but it is as sickening. Culture is now, essentially, the liquid that happens to be flowing through the pipes of The Media. It is no longer grounded in, or determined by, local conditions (via community gatherings, bands, local art movements, word of mouth, samizdat and any other low-budget repositories or propagators of Culture). The Media are global tools of their various powerful owners, obviously, and though these many powerful owners each have agendas of their own, and are probably more often … Continue reading THE CLOAK ‘N DAGGER PENTAMETER: a review of Paul Beatty’s THE SELLOUT and a look at several other shitty books and why they’re Hyped

MILLENNIALS, PUH-LEASE

You’re kidding again, right? Right? You’re joking…. you’re pulling my leg… I know when I’m being pranked!  The good old Gaslight, eh? Eh?  Eh? Yep! Har! Good one!  Gooooood one. Hilarious, in fact. You really had me… uh… you really had me going there for… uh… for…. uh… hahaha….. [… chews hand off… ]   No, but, seriously…. what sort of Era is this….? Continue reading MILLENNIALS, PUH-LEASE

And You Trust These People with the Hydrogen Bomb?

There’s an unlikely New Repressed Minority deserving of our sympathetic, even scandalized, attention. Where is Gloria Allred? Where is Greta van Susteren? Where is RT? The BBC? Chomsky? America’s Puritanical roots are never more visible than when yet another attractive White female teacher or college student runs afoul of the bizarre single-standard in American Sex Laws. These desirable (youngish) women get in big trouble by seducing White teenaged males; you’d think that with the famous shortage of marriageable Black males, hot Black females would be getting in on this craze, but the Media have nothing to say on that. These Barbie … Continue reading And You Trust These People with the Hydrogen Bomb?

HOW THE BULLSHIT WORKS

Under a “Liberal” White House, the only dissident voices are “Conservative”; under a “Conservative” White House, the only dissident voices are “Liberal”… which is the result of the adolescent impulse of “loyalty” inherent to the football-team model of Politics (just one moment of rational reflection should lead us to consider the improbability of the “Democrats” always being right and the “Republicans” always being wrong, and vice versa). But it gets worse: the “Liberal” dissidence under Bush, I noticed, was much, much quieter than the “Conservative” dissidence under Obama. When I was a kid, the loudest voices against LBJ (Dem) and … Continue reading HOW THE BULLSHIT WORKS

Where Idiot Activism and Social Engineering Meet

“So the next time you have the urge to call your little girl bossy? Take a deep breathe and praise her leadership skills instead.” Except when she’s being bossy, you silly fucks. There’s a big difference between leadership skills and telling your friends (with emphatic gestures) how they should sing or eat their noodles. “Jennifer Garner, Beyoncé, Jane Lynch, and More Urge Ban on ‘Bossy’” Yes, let’s make all the booboos go away by getting rid of those mean old wordy-words… at the behest of semi-literate propaganda stars! Welcome to Orwell’s Disney! Erm, wait, is this so when Hillary is … Continue reading Where Idiot Activism and Social Engineering Meet

DOUCHEBOOK*

  A witty and intelligent Comrade (nah, chum, I don’t want to borrow money or anything, promise!) posted something on his FB “wall”, yesterday, gently mocking this “Ice Bucket Challenge” bullshit that has suddenly been sweeping the Monkey-See, Monkey-Do, Monkey-Post universe. Beyond the fact that the “charity” supported by people dumping (or not dumping) buckets of ice-water over their heads diverts about 50% of all intake to the generous salaries of the upper brass of the “charity”… there is something suspiciously akin to social engineering/ mind control about these herd-thinky fads and memes that so many of us subthinkingly embrace, … Continue reading DOUCHEBOOK*

ONE GOOD REASON LITERARY FICTION IS DOOMED

  “Students in MFA programs I visit are upset, even outraged, when I tell them that when I was an editor at Harcourt, I stopped reading a manuscript that contained a grammatical error on the first page.” Just as certain top notch janitors refuse to enter buildings in front of which are gum-wrappers, no doubt. Please, for the sake of Literature, you and your ilk: seek help.   Continue reading ONE GOOD REASON LITERARY FICTION IS DOOMED

ALL THINGS IN MODERATION

I’ve been leaving carefully-crafted (vetted for cogency and style) comments, online, since a few years before 2000, when online comments were essentially digital “letters to the editor” (appearing in the section called Letters to the Editor) and only the best handful of comments could expect to be published. I started my commenting history at places like Salon.com when Salon.com was still a dinky little 8-bit novelty. Blogs didn’t yet exist (not in their current, user-friendly form). Because of the “letters to the editor” feel of comments back then, I learned to make my comments short and interesting, in order to … Continue reading ALL THINGS IN MODERATION

DE GUSTIBUS REX

  Oh My White Friends: I Am So Done with Your Fucked Up Taste, Your Boundless Admiration for Artistic Mediocrities Blessed only with the Gift of Looking Somewhat Like You… so done with Your Infinite Capacity for Seeing Genius in Mental Illness and Originality in Jaw-Dropping Derivativeness (when the Derivativeness is Blessed with the Special Vitamins of Attitude, Early Death or Just Plain Lunacy) … I am So Done with your Susan Boyles, Stephen Malkmuses, GG Alins and your Mother Fucking Daniel Johnstons… and every other avatar of Fucked Up Taste (which is just a symptom of Bourgeois Oedipal Disaffection, … Continue reading DE GUSTIBUS REX

“CULTURAL APPROPRIATION” CRAP vs WHINY WHITE GUY CHURLISHNESS: WHICH ONE TAKES THE SHITBRAIN CAKE AND WHY

The following is my reaction to a reactionary “Cultural Appropriation” Thread (sparked by this article on the topic and consisting entirely of non-Black commenters) that I can’t comment on directly (friend of a FB friend). Heading: Clueless White Guys Griping about This Shit… Again. And it is tiresome. “It’s not “cultural appropriation” when Kiri Te Kanawa sings Verdi, when Yo Yo Ma plays Bach, or when Aretha Franklin sings Puccini.” Yeah, but it would definitely be a form of cultural exploitation if Aretha Franklin (and lots of other singers resembling her) pushed the Europeans to the margins of the Puccini circuit… and German cellists … Continue reading “CULTURAL APPROPRIATION” CRAP vs WHINY WHITE GUY CHURLISHNESS: WHICH ONE TAKES THE SHITBRAIN CAKE AND WHY

FROM THE DEPT. OF GET OFF MY GRUMPY OLD LAWN: TWITTER AS POISON

  There is very little worth knowing that you can inform yourself about, from scratch, to the extent that you can subsequently discuss the topic competently, by reading less than a page of text. But the wild popularity of a medium that restricts expression to 140 characters (equal to a cheap telegram, or an extremely laconic postcard) fairly guarantees that very, very few people will have the patience to read anything longer than the instructions on a shampoo bottle five years from now… which will give a tragic new twist to the meaning of a “1%”. Almost every day I encounter … Continue reading FROM THE DEPT. OF GET OFF MY GRUMPY OLD LAWN: TWITTER AS POISON