A Flea in the Fur of the Beast

“Death, fire, and burglary make all men equals.” —Dickens

Not All Honesty Is the Good Kind

by evanmcmurry

Of course, now somebody’s offering Donald Sterling the “Hey, he’s honest about what he believes” off-ramp.

First off, it’s not like Sterling’s comments were made in a press release. More to the point: this brought to mind the infamous “black woman in yoga class” essay. You may recall that some, including the editor that commissioned it, defended that piece by commending the author for her honesty, even bravery, in addressing her own race-based discomfort, even if she did project that discomfort onto the other woman—to which the rest of the world responded “so the eff what?”

In short, it’s good to be occasionally reminded that candor is not always a virtue—or, more specifically, that being true to your beliefs doesn’t necessarily excuse them.

Review Distribution in the Twenty-First Century

by evanmcmurry

Book about economic polarization achieves perfect review polarization:

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What happened to the middle class (of reviewers)?!?!?1!?!

Of course, the 1-star reviews are from people who’ve read not one of the book’s 696 pages, but know the thing to be a Marxist night terror anyway. Highlight: “Not a book to be lightly thrown aside. It should be thrown with great force.”