Thursday, February 28, 2008

Via Instapundit, an interesting interview with Victor Davis Hanson.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

William F. Buckley is dead. Sad day.

If memory serves, I remember seeing him first on "Firing Line". At the time, his was about the only non-leftist program on TV. I was impressed by the way he worked to understand the views of his various guests, even the ones that were whacko leftists. Courteous always, not confrontational. Contrast his show with anything on TV today, where the main point seems to be to do as much shouting as possible.

Here's an hysterical outtake from an interview he once gave, in part about a trip he'd taken across the Atlantic:
Interviewer: Did your wife come along?

Buckley: No, I’m afraid my wife prefers more pacific vacations.

Interviewer: I thought you sailed across the Atlantic?

Buckley: I meant in the sense of irenic.

Interviewer: We’ll be right back after this important message.
You can't write this stuff.

Sic transit, etc.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Just remember: When it's warm, it's climate; when it's cold, it's weather.

Or maybe Algore's buiding a global empire.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Today I am at SoCon08.

My first observation: I don't see any Chinese people, nor any Indians. I don't know what this means. Maybe that there's no money to be made in this yet.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Yesterday evening I went to see Jonah Goldberg talk about his book at Oglethorpe University.

Jonah was a bit under the weather. As he explained himself, his is a desert people, and a cold really affects them. I got the impression that he completely lost his train of thought on a couple of occasions, but nonetheless it was a lively and funny talk, with an interesting Q&A session after. The French - via Rousseau - were appropriately lambasted, while the English - via Locke - received fulsome praise. All in all, it ran for an hour and forty five minutes.

In the talk he mostly gave a thumbnail sketch of the book. Having read the book, I think I recognized in his talk paragraphs directly from it. As an aside, when I bought the book I was expecting to have to take a deep dive into political theory. That's not this book. Instead, it's mostly just a straight account of actual history. It's actually a pretty easy read. Of course, as one questioner commented, your life is ruined afterwards, because of the way it makes you recognize the ordinary daily fascism of life in 21st century America.

Afterwards, I had him sign my copy of the book. As he was doing so, I first expressed my wish that his book would have him swimming in gold doubloons (him: "From your lips..."). I then remarked that leftists are deliberately ignorant of history because it makes their Sorelian myths easier to come by. He looked me straight in the eye and said "Exactly." I must say that I enjoyed that.

I wanted to suggest a trip up the road to Pub 71, but he was looking a little flushed and feverish, so I decided not to press him.

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