Monday, September 29, 2008
I've often had trouble with the way the Times spins things, but I about fell out of my chair when I read this (please, it is the wording that troubles me, not the sentiment. In a article about the bailout not working, "The vote against the measure was 228 to 205, with 133 Republicans joining 95 Democrats in opposition. The bill was backed by 140 Democrats and 65 Republicans." Now my objection is subtle, but important, as this is the lead paragraph of the lead story: if 133 Republicans and 95 Democrats stand opposed, is it really fair to say that the majority joined the minority?
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
The World is So Much Lighter, Too Often
I was shocked to come to my computer and find the news that David Foster Wallace had been found dead in his home. It looks like suicide. There is a too-short article in the New York Times, but i am sure there will be more later.
You might say I was a rabid fan, reading everything he ever wrote. I even lobbied hard to be part of a project in which he was involved (to no avail, but that's showbiz). Infinite Jest is a masterpiece plain and simple, as are his journalistic pieces collected in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again. But it is his Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, a work I recently reread, that will remain.
I did not know him, but I admired him, revered him. Words fail. The world is lighter tonight,