commented on Now Closed
Very sad about Star Life, which was one of my favorite cafes in the city. I've never had a better cookie than the vegan chocolate chip ones there. I was always shocked that Wings remembered my name.
Dec 30, 2013
commented on The Tragedy of Investment
@1. That's Engels and Marx's point in the Manifesto, at least, although they get there by a different route. I'm very sympathetic to the argument, but it hasn't panned out so far!
Dec 26, 2013
commented on Online Reckonings
Thanks for posting. Internet outrage has been on my mind lately.
It's a decent article, although I think she pulls a punch at the end when she says that Sacco isn't sacrificed. Perhaps not, but Sacco and plenty of others are being scapegoated, if not sacrificed. That's the tough part for me. I admire the ethics in bringing people to account for racism and discrimination, but I have trouble with a) the targets (generally ignorant nobodies) and b) activity standing in as a substitute for actual change .
These moral anecdotes do have power in aggregate, but usually I'd rather just study the aggregation, patterns, and systemic forces than muster up outrage because some nobody said or did something stupid. Likewise, what do I care if some nobody is punished? I'm not going to get excited about WalMart distancing itself from Paula Deen when WalMart's horrible labor practices continue on...
Oct 14, 2013
commented on When You Assume, You Make a Man Out of You and Me
I've always been interested by the gender component of the beginning of the novel in Japan. We're all familiar with European examples of women writers taking men's names, but in Japan early male novelists would write under women's names for their work to be acceptable.
Oct 4, 2013
commented on Coffee and Mars Hill
Also, what I meant in my first comment is there are thousands of people working around Seattle who give money to Mars Hill, not that Mars Hill employs thousands around here.