commented on Scared of Guns? Buy More Guns!
Let me fix this for you:
Some people hear about people behaving badly with guns and so they move to restrict access to guns. Other people buy more guns out of fear that they may no longer be able to buy guns soon, which begets more people behaving badly with guns. I find it hard to imagine an ending to this particular merry-go-round.
8:59 PM yesterday
commented on "Poor Black and Hispanic Men Are the Face of H.I.V."
At the risk of drawing attention to obvious, but politically incorrect, factors:
Black Culture = Homophobia = Down Low = Lack of HIV testing = Lack of HIV status awareness = Lack of HIV treatment = High viral loads = High transmission rates.
I'm prepared to be yelled down for not acknowledging economic hardship as a factor in getting treatment, but fact is NYC, which is used as an outlier example, also has generous programs making HIV treatment readily available for the economically disadvantaged.
commented on Vladimir Nabokov Writing About Dorothy Parker's Short Story "Lolita": "I am dreadfully upset by the following coincidence..."
Here are a dozen, in alphabetical order, that I would place before Lolita:
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Clarissa, Samuel Richardson
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne
Ulysses, James Joyce
Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte