Sunday Link Encyclopedia and Self-Promotion

What makes Americans annoying. For another take on the same issue, read the discussion in my Magnitsky Bill thread. It’s good because you see both the annoying Americans and the ones who are as horrified with the annoying Messianic ones as I am. OK, I won’t promote my own blog here any more because that’s weird.

For a writer, happiness is knowing that tomorrow you will write. Happiness does not follow automatically from writing, nor from a vague hope that you will write, which is too easily undermined by the equally vague worry that you will not. You must simply know that you will write and whatyou will write.”

In defense of uselessness.

A very insightful addition to my posts on narcissism. Highly recommended.

I never heard of positive parenting before but this is a beautiful post from a person who sounds like an amazing mother. Her little girl is very lucky to have her.

When you feel “irritated”, “aggravated” and “disheartened” in your job and your only motivators are “economic gratification”, “potential income”, “commission obtained with placements”, or a “generous check from your client”, it sounds truly unfortunate. Who in their right mind would want to be part of a field that is reduced to something this shallow?”

There are no pogroms, but if there were, it would be because the Jews deserved it!”

Having Asperger’s or Autism can be hard. It can be painful. It can be downright depressing. When I was growing up, I didn’t know I was autistic. I just thought there was something wrong with me. That I wasn’t trying hard enough, and that if I just could do better and work harder, the other kids would like me and be nice to me. I thought that my parents would stop abusing me. I wished that I could be just like everybody else, and wished that things would be better. I wished that I could just be like everyone else.” I want to join this talented and passionate blogger in saying that it does get better. It really does. Ours is a uniqueness that comes at a price.

The sentence that marks the death of traditional American journalism. It’s just one sentence (it’s marked off in the middle of the post I link to). Read it and recognize that, even though I blog for free, I would never inflict something like that upon my readers.

How the modesty doctrine hurts men.

Anti-intellectualism at the Chronicle of Higher Ed. A very good post.

Why was Shylock named Shylock?

Does Simon Fraser University in Canada need a Men’s Center? An interesting article and very enlightening comments that follow it.

Your right to worship as you see fit does not include the right to be kowtowed to, the right to make other people live by your rules, or even the right not to be offended. Put on your big-boy pants and deal with it.” Yes.

On sympathy for Obama. I’m not sure how much I agree with the following but it offers great food for thought: “I’m not saying that Obama didn’t make mistakes or that he shouldn’t have tried for more. In fact, there are areas where he basically has a free hand that he’s done terribly at — I’m appalled at the drone warfare and the “war on terror” claims of executive power, and they seem to have actively undermined the effort to bring relief to underwater mortgages. But it seems to me that the kind of counterfactuals that people are gaming out basically would’ve required either a constitutional convention or a radical reworking of what an American political party is — or a coup.” This is great blogger, people. I recommend.

A very funny short post about student writing.

And the post of the week: I’m leaving for Europe, so I can’t report in detail on the situation with student protests in Quebec. This blogger, however, is giving detailed updates on the situation. It seems like the student protests have achieved a limited victory. This is great news, people. I’m proud that the students of my province did not knuckle down under the pressure from the corrupt and unpopular government.

7 thoughts on “Sunday Link Encyclopedia and Self-Promotion

  1. Did nominatissima delete her blog? nominatissima, are you here? I enjoyed reading you a lot!

    Clarissa, have you read “Mrs Craddock” by Somerset Maugham? I am almost at the end and loved the book. One scene reminded me of your post about pretty speeches of politicians. 🙂 But this book isn’t about politics. Imo 1 such book can influence (young and not so) people to use a brain when marrying more than 1001 talks (with parents, relatives, etc) ever could.


    1. I can’t find nominatissima’s blog either. What’s going on??

      I love Maugham but Mrs. Craddock is the only work by him where I couldn’t get past the first 20 pages, so I just stopped trying. Was I too fast to abandon it?


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