Sunday Spruiking

What are the two best posts/articles you read online this week, LarvyProdders?

A link and a short paragraph each describing what appealed to you, please.

(If you post more than two links you’ll be automoderated, sorry.)


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14 comments on “Sunday Spruiking
  1. Pavlov's Cat says:

    1) In this bit of highly qualified homage to suburban life, Laura describes signs and sales techniques that all of us will recognise. Close to home in more ways than one. Also, there is welcome news of Basil.

    2) Cast Iron Helen casts a spirited yet jaded eye on the sport of princes and the media coverage thereof, though in her finely forensic dissection of sledging and its gender implications, she rightly avoids an old cricket sledging story

    **tastelessness alert**

    that re-emerged in media discussions this week and made me laugh so much it blew my feminist cred right out of the water. Apparently Rod Marsh once taunted Ian Botham [madness in itself, surely — Ed.] as follows: ‘How’s your wife and my kids?’

    Beefy didn’t miss a beat. ‘Wife’s fine; kids are retarded.’

  2. Oh, this is good too. OK so I cheated.

  3. Pavlov's Cat says:

    Oh, well, if we’re allowed to have three

  4. tigtog says:

    Brynn at Shakesville: Boys will be boys and girls will be girls…. (myths of gender essentialism)
    (nb: Shakesville is the new home for the Shakespeares Sister crew)

    Anti-ob at For Battle!: Mardi Gras Mishap

  5. Enemy Combatant says:


    The post, April 21 ” A New Dark Age”. by Len Hart


    Shakespeare and the Uses of Power by Spephen Greenblatt

  6. tigtog says:

    I should have been more specific about the two-links standard. That’s two links per comment. Feel free to add more comments/links within reason, folks.

    Pharyngula: We aim to misbehave – the timidity of atheists in the public sphere compared with suffragettes. I don’t always agree with PZ on the need for public atheism, but it’s an interesting look at debunking ahistorical arguments nonetheless.

  7. Laura says:

    A lot of you will already have read Bernice’s cogent comments on some media reactions to the murders at Va Tech. If you haven’t though, you really should.

    Caleb Crain’s post about the specific form of empathy elicited by novel-reading, torture, and human rights: this post is in part about a new book of literary criticism that argues the rise of the novel helped create the idea that opther people’s inner lives are as real as our own and thus other people are entitled to freedom from abuse. It was posted before the shootings but it goes right to the heart of the discussion that’s been going on about liberal arts education and sociopathic behaviour.

    Crain is one of the best bloggers going, I think. He makes me both envious and grateful.

  8. boynton says:

    At Dick Jones’ Patteran Pages, a profound post on ageing and mortality:


    A year ago I posted a poem called Still Life. It was about my mother at 92, infirm & in a nursing home. Contemplating her tenacity – or rather the prevalence of a strong heart over an enfeebled consciousness – I reflected briefly on my own presentiments of great age.

    Posts of this quality make me want to keep blogging.

  9. The Urban Archipalego, discussing a proposed cities-only strategy for the Democratic Party in the USA.

  10. Phil says:

    An interesting article in the New Yorker on commuting to work.

    Commuting makes people unhappy, or so many studies have shown. Recently, the Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman and the economist Alan Krueger asked nine hundred working women in Texas to rate their daily activities, according to how much they enjoyed them. Commuting came in last. (Sex came in first.) The source of the unhappiness is not so much the commute itself as what it deprives you of. When you are commuting by car, you are not hanging out with the kids, sleeping with your spouse (or anyone else), playing soccer, watching soccer, coaching soccer, arguing about politics, praying in a church, or drinking in a bar. In short, you are not spending time with other people. The two hours or more of leisure time granted by the introduction, in the early twentieth century, of the eight-hour workday are now passed in solitude. You have cup holders for company.

    Seven pages long.

  11. And the maps that went with the Urban Arpichaelego article, which show that politics in the USA is more complex than the usual red state/blue state breakdown.

  12. j_p_z says:

    “When you are commuting by car, you are not hanging out with the kids, sleeping with your spouse (or anyone else), playing soccer, watching soccer, coaching soccer, arguing about politics…”

    Well, any activity that prevents people from playing, watching, or coaching soccer has to be regarded on the whole as a tremendous boon to humanity. If these are the by-products of a long commute, then I say, MAKE THE COMMUTES EVEN LONGER!!

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