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Category Archives: America

On taking failure personally

[abp: 0865479410] …the idea that a person could be ‘a failure’ had sprung directly from the growth of entrepreneurial capitalism … One crucial development … was the emergence of credit rating agencies, whose role was to sit in judgment upon individuals seeking loans from banks, helping the banks determine the risk they would be taking [...]

On police authority

When two uniformed police officers show up at your door and demand to take something, as a law-abiding citizen who has never had any run-ins with the law, what are you supposed to think? That these are police officers and I need to comply, or something like “They would prefer that I complied but if [...]

6/18/11 / Post

On celebrity I admire all celebrities, even the bad ones, for having thick skin. From Anthony Wiener to Lindsay Lohan to the Kardashians, it takes incredible…something*, to live down everything that’s said about you, and with Twitter and Facebook it’s even more pervasive and in-your-face. I’ll admit that I can probably dish it out a [...]

Some standard questions (SQs)

I met some new people last night, most of whom were new to each other as well. We were all college-educated and in our 20s for the most part. Given our demographic homogeneity, there’s a fairly standard list of questions that we went through to get to know each other. I’ve heard the list varies [...]

5/12/11 / Monotonous

“Don’t patronize me!” Every time I hear the phrase “Don’t patronize me!” or some variant thereof on television shows or in movies, I wonder to myself about a possible dilemma. The proper use of the word “patronize” in this context is pronounced pat-ronize, and not pate-ronize, as most people I’ve heard use it say it. [...]

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