Daily Archive: May 18, 2010


Plato, “Apology”

In the Apology, Socrates defends himself, badly, against the charge of impiety stemming from the belief that he has corrupted the youth, denied the city’s gods, and introduced new divinities. On trial for his...


The case against math

“A Jefferson County teacher picked the wrong example when he used as­sassinating President Bar­ack Obama as a way to teach angles to his geome­try students.”


Padding Your Resume

Sometimes, I think I missed my true calling as a fabulist. TNR posts the hilariously overwrought resume of Adam Wheeler, a guy who literally conned his way into Harvard (and is apparently fluent in...


Patrick J. Deneen at Cato Unbound

Georgetown University’s Patrick J. Deneen opens this month’s Cato Unbound talking about one of our frequent conversation topics, Phillip Blond and his Red Tory synthesis: [L]iberal anthropology… underlies both the Left’s infatuation with the...


The City That Never Sleeps – Or Shrinks

I enjoyed David’s defense of New York’s cultural dominance far more than I probably should have, and agree wholeheartedly.  This despite the fact that, as a kid – and even into my early 20s...


The Supposed Tyranny of New York

Conor Friedersdorf has written a disastrous post about New York over at the Atlantic. His specific complaints — that Manhattan transplants who spend the holidays back in Dubuque complain about how sorry Dubuque is...



Many reliable writing guides tell us to visualize all figures of speech. This is almost always good advice. It’s particularly good advice while reading a piece of bad writing. The infelicitous but visualized figure...