Vacation Over

OK, so I tried being on vacation for one day, and it sucked bullets. I got myself depressed. If I do this for a week, I’ll have to be medicated. I was so down I couldn’t even find energy to put on a bra when I went to pick Klara up at school.

I’m ending the vacation and returning to work. I’m planning to do a writing marathon tomorrow to get me out of this funk.

I now understand why my retired friend is down in the dumps.

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Chomsky on Free Speech

I don’t agree much with Chomsky on anything but the following quote is spot-on:

Of course, Chomsky is an old-school progressive. Today’s crop has absolutely no idea what he’s on about and is probably clueless about who Goebbels and Stalin even are.

Book Notes: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

We all know I love trashy literature but this novel is pretty much the biggest, most obnoxious pile of garbage I ever read that’s too trashy even for me. It’s the perfect match for the “fashion of the future” I posted about earlier because it’s driven by the same mentality.

The message that the novel delivers with a pounding, aggressive intensity is that if you are traumatized by horrific abuse and have survived extremely painful things, you need to shop.

About sixty percent of the novel’s text is occupied by the descriptions of the female protagonist shopping. Problem is, she shops in the wrong places. She’s obsessed with Tesco, which does not reflect an appropriate degree of self-love. Finally, she realizes she needs to forget Tesco’s cheap wares and buy expensive clothes, boots, and handbags. And instead of buying a carry-out sandwich for lunch she needs to frequent a hipster cafe.

And that’s it! That’s how you emerge from loneliness, overcome trauma, make friends, and become happy. Buy gadgets, buy a ton of makeup, go to beauty salons, and happiness is yours!

Finally, the female protagonist meets a guy who convinces her that she “deserves to have nice things,” buys her fancy cat food for her cat… and true love is born. For real.

All that’s missing – but not for long I’m sure – is to have one-click links right in the text to buy the relentlessly listed consumer goods and services.

It’s not surprising that Reese Witherspoon – probably the dumbest person in the country – loves the book and is making a movie based on it.

I’m now going to go read something smart to recover from this horrible experience.

Great Post

A great, great post on the division of domestic labor. The issue is mostly about people wanting to feel sorry for themselves, in my opinion.

Also, I need to add this: everybody who had an issue with this and wanted to solve it did so in the first 15 minutes of the relationship. Everybody who didn’t solve it needs to look very carefully at the benefits they derive from continuously having this problem.

Costly Bags

The passenger plane SSJ 100 in Russia had a bad landing and started burning. Passengers began to disembark. Thirty-seven people who were sitting in the front of the plane got out unharmed. But the 41 who sat in the back died.

A lot more of the passengers – maybe even all of them – would have survived if those sitting in the front hadn’t stopped to get their bags from overhead compartments. We all know that human beings turn into complete maniacs where overhead luggage bins are involved. This time people actually died because their fellow travelers stopped to get their stupid bags.