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The World's Going To Hell And I Feel Fine

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The bizarre disjuncture between the external world and my own life has if anything widened over the last month or so. The last couple of weeks are a particularly good example. Right now I'm on vacation, with an amazing freedom to do pretty much whatever I feel like without feeling guilty about it. I took the opportunity yesterday to work on my novel, reveling in the luxury to spend three hours focused on writing. Back home, I've been helping a candidate for local office and having a ball. It's an uphill race, but our opponents are tremendous goobers.

And then I look at the news and realize that our country's political and cultural life is utterly corrupted, and am very, very glad that I decided not to have children. It's gotten so bad that I've started reading Seneca, who has excellent things to say about preserving one's emotional equilibrium in times of crisis.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 8:10 AM

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The Peril of African Greys

Sunday, July 03, 2011
This is no surprise whatsoever to anyone who has met one of these cunning and ruthless creatures. (h/t: Brad Delong)
Posted by Arbitrista @ 8:20 AM

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Order Has Been Restored!

Friday, July 01, 2011
Or perhaps was never overthrown.

In response to overwhelming criticism and in fear of invective, mockery, and spittle from bespectacled hordes of literary snobs such as myself, Oxford has restored the serial comma.

Alternatively, perhaps I shouldn't believe every silly thing I read on the internet.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 4:47 PM

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