Oct 25, 2011 Gendun commented on Kubrick and Malick.
Have you seen Paths of Glory? It's probably my favorite Kubrick film - it shows both sides beautifully.
Jul 4, 2011 Gendun commented on The Formula Is Broken.
No offense, Paul, but you obviously don't know a thing about Joseph Campbell. Of his dozens of books, I get the sense you've maybe skimmed one. The idea the Campbell believed that all stories do, should, or can conform to a single basic structure is ridiculous. I'll go no farther than to point out his first published work is a commentary on Finnegans Wake - the first such commentary to be written, incedentally - and that is a book that not only lacks a beginning, middle, and end, it has no characters.

Campbell was a great scholar and a brilliant thinker, and it's very annoying to see him criticized as simplistic by people who don't know his ideas in the least. Most Campbell fans seem to base their opinions on his work on Follow Your Bliss bumper stickers.
May 20, 2011 Gendun commented on SL Letter of the Day: ETMFA.
I'm not following something here, because the writer said "...in the first week I moved out he slept with his friend's girlfriend...."

Is she not living there any more? Is he living there and she's paying for it, or ... what the heck is going on?
May 16, 2011 Gendun commented on Apparently Not the First Time for the Head of IMF.
The Guardian has a long article on this in English:
May 13, 2011 Gendun commented on Anything Else I Can Get You Motherfuckers?.
Anyone whose mind has been changed about Obama because of Bin Ladin probably shouldn't be allowed to vote, on account of they're idiots.
May 13, 2011 Gendun commented on "It Doesn't Get Better FUCK YOU BULLY HYPOCRITE".
Get a sense of humor about yourself.
May 11, 2011 Gendun commented on SL Letter of the Day: You Better Sit Down.
Wow, Dan, you've gotten all rigid and "You must do for family" lately ... something going on? Sure feels like it.

I didn't agree with you in the recent podcast when you told that guy to "Man the fuck up" and be a father to a child whether he wanted to or not, and I don't agree with you now when you tell this woman that she is obliged to submit to a sexual experience she finds nauseating because she's married.

MS is a cruel disease, yes, but there are two people here, and I'm frankly pretty disturbed by the very idea of forcing yourself to do something you find sexually revolting out of a sense of duty. Is that what marriage means to you? She also has a life, and a point of view, and her own sorrows to bear.

The thing that I find disturbing in both of these cases is where I see you appeal to a rigid axiom as though it removes all the ambiguity from the problem. Who the hell are you to say anyone "must do" anything? It's out of character, and doesn't mesh at all well with your otherwise situationalist ethics.

No one "must do" anything, unless you're some kind of fundamentalist. We're talking about real people here, not principles.
May 11, 2011 Gendun commented on Man Commits Suicide By Jumping Onto World's Tallest Building.
Fail. That's hilarious.Because he, you know, is dead, but didn't die right.
May 11, 2011 Gendun commented on More from Florida.
Unemployment protection is only an incentive for bums to not get out there and create new jobs.