Monday, 27 July 2015

Ellen Gets It Right

Ellen of Tasmania is a regular Catallaxyfiles contributer. This morning, this is what she had to say in response to a comment from Fisky (justly celebrated developer of the Fisk Doctrine, a challenging approach to the use of free speech when confronted by those who don't believe in it).

Ellen says:

Most people don’t care if they are illogical or irrational.
They do care about cool-shaming and peer group pressure. They care about being seen to be ‘on the right side of history’ – even if it’s the wrong side. They care about looking caring – even if such caring has dire consequences. They care about their current comfort and security; they care about not having to go against the flow; they care about caring with the least possible disruption to their daily lives.
In such a foaming, fuzzy fog of feeling, it’s hard to see clearly.

Oh yes indeed.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Chris Wortham on Shakespeare

Chris Wortham taught me both medieval and Renaissance literature back in the day at U Dubs, so this should be a fantastic talk!

I hope to see you there (something always seems to go wrong shortly before Dawson events I really want to go to, so fingers crossed this time).

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Up Tails All

“One does not argue about The Wind in the Willows. The young man gives it to the girl with whom he is in love, and, if she does not like it, asks her to return his letters. The older man tries it on his nephew, and alters his will accordingly. The book is a test of character. We can’t criticise it, because it is criticising us. But I must give you one word of warning. When you sit down to it, don’t be so ridiculous as to suppose that you are sitting in judgment on my taste, or on the art of Kenneth Grahame. You are merely sitting in judgment on yourself. You may be worthy: I don’t know, But it is you who are on trial.”
― A.A. Milne