Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Wednesday Night’s All Right for Procrastinating

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* How to Be an Academic Failure: An Introduction for Beginners.

* Rape culture: In 31 states, rapists have paternal rights, and can even sue for custody.

* Laurie Penny: Rapists are evil people. They’re not nice blokes who everybody respects who simply happen to think it’s ok to stick your dick in a teenager who’s sleeping in the same bed as you, without a condom. This guy seemed, if anything, confused as to why I was scrabbling for my things and bolting out the door. He even sent me an email a few days later, chiding me for being rude.

* A new scientific theory suggests that Big Bang was actually a phase shift: a Big Freeze.

* Terrors of a True Believer: MOOCs and the Precarity Problem.

Despite our gut-level hunch about the direction of the language; despite the fact that 70-cent, three-minute, off-peak, coast-to-coast long-distance calls that cost four inflation-adjusted dollars in 1970 are now free; despite cheap travel, YouTube, and the globalization of film and television, American dialects are actually diverging.

There are multiple examples of such divergence. But none is as dramatic, as baffling to linguists, and as mysteriously under the collective radar as what’s happening in the cities that ring the Great Lakes. From Syracuse, N.Y., in the east to Milwaukee in the west, 34 million Americans are revolutionizing the sound of English.

Now, as the “Freedom Tower” reaches its full height, the inside story of boondoggles, self-dealing, common corruption, and why it’s all taken so long.

“I know that we have members of the media here right now, so I’m not going to go through that in great detail.” Not to make a whole thing out of it, but it’s amazing he’s able to get away with this.

* And David Cross teases even more Arrested Development than you’d dared to hope.

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  1. on the penny piece, you left out the part where she contextualizes that statement: “Rapists are evil people” is an untrue statement that she was led to believe, also that they’re “not nice blokes who everybody respects who simply happen to think it’s ok to stick your dick in a teenager who’s sleeping in the same bed as you, without a condom.” the point of the piece is that “good guys” rape people all the time.

    Vu

    August 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    • You don’t think that was clear from the bit I quoted? I mean, I expect EVERYONE to click on EVERY LINK but I thought my paraphrase was representative.

      gerrycanavan

      August 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      • Maybe I’m a moralist but I thought “stick your dick in a teenager who’s sleeping in the same bed as you, without a condom” was sufficient to deconstruct “rapists are evil people not nice blokes.”

        gerrycanavan

        August 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      • I guess I just think that makes him sound like a straightforwardly evil person. The article is kind of weird. She’s trying to say even otherwise admirable people can be rapists (e.g. julian assange), but she describes him as basically this skeevy dude who she still insists is a good guy she’s not that upset with.

        Vu

        August 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm

  2. the confusing part is her description of her rapist doesn’t make him sound like a “good guy” or a “nice bloke” at all.

    Vu

    August 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm


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