Monthly Archives: May 2014

How to Talk about (to?) the Alt-right/Neo-reactionaries Part 1: What is the Alt-Right?

This is part one of a series. The introductory post can be found here. The alt-right is a triangle of political thought whose space encompasses, roughly, Ayn Rand (Objectivism), Edmund Burke (French Revolutionary Reaction) and Fascism which, if it has any … Continue reading

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How to Talk about (to?) the Alt-right/Neo-reactionaries: Introduction

Corey Pein has an article in The Baffler titled “Mouthbreathing Machiavellis Dream Of A Silicon Reich”. It is okay, despite leading with a (butchered) play on a book title, a practice I despise. The article is about Mencius Moldbug, the author of … Continue reading

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Steve Hsu, the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Michigan State University, Is a Racist

Update: As Nick Land informed me in the comments below, Mr. Hsu changed his comment at his blog from the one quoted before to: Here’s an answer to your question from the discussion at Tyler Cowen’s blog (he reviewed the book). … Continue reading

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Margaret Sullivan on Jill Abramson

The always wonderful Margaret Sullivan on the axing of The New York Times‘s executive editor Jill Abramson. Publishers, like owners of baseball teams, get to make these decisions – and they continually do. When editors and publishers disagree, when the tension … Continue reading

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The DIY FriendFinder

Interesting interview over at The New Yorker. I’ve always had individual friends, but I didn’t find the people I wanted to learn from as an adult until my midtwenties. I didn’t make friends as an undergrad. And though I attended theater … Continue reading

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Junot Diaz: MFA vs. POC

Junot Diaz has an essay about his MFA experience in The New Yorker.   In all honesty I probably would have blown it eventually, the way I was drinking and acting out, but then at the start of my second year … Continue reading

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The New York Times, Line-by-line

I am a fan of close readings, and this Chomsky-esque analysis of a New York Times article on drone strikes certainly fits the description. The writers go through the article line-by-line and annotate the language, explaining its implicit biases and assumptions. Nineteen … Continue reading

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