No Last Philosophy: Rorty and Social Hope

No Last Philosophy:  Rorty and Social Hope

23

Jun

2016

When I finally got around to reading Richard Rorty’s Contingency, Irony and Solidarity, I experienced the kind of revolutionary bolt from the blue that changes minds and changes worlds.  I’d read Rorty before (a few short essays here and there, and his Objectivity, Truth and Relativism), and liked what I’d seen, but ...
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Really Real

Really Real

22

Jun

2016

A TAXONOMY OF REALITY PROGRAMMINGCOMPETITIVE SHOWS:* People compete to win money> People compete to win the right to continue being on television* People compete in a performing talent show> People compete in a performing talent show with or against celebrities* People compete in a race, sport, or oth ...
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Unaccustomed

Unaccustomed

15

Jun

2016

I don't usually like going to public appearances by artists.  I don't normally like readings; I don't normally like director screenings; and I don't normally like writer Q&As.  You'd think that I would; I used to be in the celebrity interview game, after all, and there's nothing like talking directly to a creator to g ...
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To See How Many There Are

To See How Many There Are

14

Jun

2016

Peter Greenaway has had such a willy-nilly career over the last few decades that it's easy to forget how amazingly potent and productive he was at the height of his powers.  After years of making hypnotic short films throughout the '70s, he began with The Falls in 1980 and, until he went into a tailspin with 8 1/2 Minute ...
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Third Booth on the Left

Third Booth on the Left

13

Jun

2016

"So, what do you guys sell?""Traditional science fiction and high fantasy.""Your average author isn't 83 years old and nearly dead, then?""Traditional science fiction and high fantasy.""Oh.  Okay.  But, I mean, you don't just do space operas based on the technical education of someone who was an undergraduate when Eisenow ...
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The Worst Until Next Time

The Worst Until Next Time

12

Jun

2016

Paul Krugman, who is wrong about things slightly less often than he is right about things, was very wrong about something today.  "Unless you were a victim or were close to a victim," he tweeted, "IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU."  With all due respect to the victims of the horrendous mass killing in Orlando, and to the family members ...
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Cabinet of Curiosities

Cabinet of Curiosities

10

Jun

2016

As I have discussed elsewhere on this site, I do not actually believe that Donald Trump, the scrapings from the bottom of a dumpster behind an overpriced steakhouse, actually represents some dire worst-case scenario for America.  I don't even think he varies much from the average Republican, and the party's mortal terror o ...
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Hell to the Chief

Hell to the Chief

9

Jun

2016

With Hillary Clinton's victory in California, and her definitive if a tad presumptive anointment by the press as the Official Democratic Candidate for the 2016 elections, we can move from Stupid Season into Silly Season, and from there to Oh God Why Can't This Just Be Over season.  Few people -- even among his supporters - ...
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Impossible is Nothing

Impossible is Nothing

6

Jun

2016

Imagine the boy.He is twelve years old.  Like many victims of poverty and racism, he has learned early on that there is very little space for him in the great white world.  He knows that those who get out are able to get out because they can either make the white man laugh or beat him in a game.  He is already a charisma ...
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