Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

The Taste of Thursday

with 4 comments

* 5 Ways Obama Can Redeem His Nobel.

* Fight Climate Change, Not Wars.

* Hard to believe a tip like this turned out to be unreliable. Via Vu.

* Scientists have apparently uncovered syntax in monkey language. And yes, I learned this from The Colbert Report.

* Matt Taibi is—act surprised—unhappy about the health care compromise.

* Let me get this straight. You have a commission proposing a package of highly unpopular legislative changes. And, in addition to having to surmount the 60-vote barrier in the Senate, which is nearly insurmountable for major legislation and which was avoided for both of the last two major deficit-reducing bills, it’s also going to impose a new supermajority requirement in the House and a 78% threshold in the commission itself?

To say that this procedure “is designed to get results” shows a very odd understanding of American political institutions. (via Steve Benen)

* “A band of no-hopers”: The American team that beat England in 1950.

* Science: “The most effective way to contain the rise of the undead is to hit hard and hit often.” (Thanks, Steve!)

* The Disappearing Snows of Everest.

* David Foster Wallace, “All That,” and religion. At Infinite Zombies, still chugging along.

* John Malkovich is apparently your next Spider-Man villain. But why would they scrap the Black Cat for a made-up character called “The Vulturess”? That sounds impossibly stupid.

* James Cameron, you had me at “sci-fi samurai epic.”

* And today’s chilling vision of things to come: ‘Is 4chan the Future of Human Consciousness?’

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  1. #1 i still don’t understand — where exactly is All That from?

    #2 what is your opinion on it? i just now finished it. (i read the inf. zombies post on it first)


    December 10, 2009 at 11:38 pm

  2. I think it’s part of The Pale King, the unfinished novel he was working on at the time of his death.

    It’s hard to understand how to take this voice — it seems very authorial and autobiographical, and I wonder how it fits in the context of the larger work. I also (like Infinite Zombies) feel as though I want to rescue DFW from his own apparent religiosity…


    December 10, 2009 at 11:41 pm

  3. A few scant details on The Pale King and its relationship with “All That”:


    December 10, 2009 at 11:43 pm

  4. yeah, john darnielle releasing an entirely religion-based album was a disappointment to me. i sure hope the same doesn’t happen with DFW’s last work.

    but i did like what i read. and the religion bit in the commencement speech pisses me off more, honestly, though i adore that speech.


    December 11, 2009 at 12:03 am

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