A digest of the best of the blogosphere published each weekday and compiled by Ken Parish, gilmae, Gummo Trotsky, Amanda Rose, Tim Sterne, Stephen Hill and Saint.
Hmm. Can we engineer a feminism snark thread two days in a row, thereby consolidating ML’s title as ultimate snark-meet for the Ozblogosphere? Then again, Andrew Leigh rates Troppo as “the closest thing in Australia to a nineteenth-century debating salon”, so maybe we should just see ML as the salon’s slightly sleazy back bar where the cognoscenti go to let off steam …
Brendan’s getting out to listen to the people, but is anybody listening to Brendan?
Tributes to John Button from Jim Belshaw, Kevin Rennie, Robert Merkel and Web Diary.
Paul Norton commemorates the anniversary of the waterfront dispute.
Andrew Bartlett is on the road with the Senate housing affordability inquiry but he still has time to muse on our society’s odd priorities.
Bridgit Gread deciphers the Victorian Government’s latest education policy at Grodscorp.
Harry Clarke takes a swipe at Ruddite verbosity.
Andrew Norton comments on a story he thought signified a compo culture and inadvertently uncovers more of the story than the media divulged. From the very source.
wmmbb is sick of the US Primaries.
Kim says props to the protesters at the Olympic flame relay. Jeremy suggests an alternative form of protest while Henry Farrell muses about the differences between this proposed Olympic boycott and earlier ones.
Henry Farrell looks at the political sensitivities of transplanting Sesame Street to Northern Ireleand, but concludes it’s not a patch on what it was when he was a kid anyway.
Ruvy in Jerusalem reports on the Olmert government’s seemingly conflicted response to multiple missile attack threats from Israel’s multiple implacable enemies.
Stephen Kirschner highlights a legacy-defending Wall Street Journal interview by former US Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan, and Calculated Risk draws attention to a Bloomberg video of another former Fed boss Paul Volker musing about the Bear Sterns crisis (and suggesting that the Bernanke-engineered buyout was pushing the bounds of the Fed’s powers).
Whatever happened to shame? Lee Malatesta believes it has been drowned out by competing moralities. 22. gilmae: Witness the competing lofty indignation-fests spawned by various jokes in the last couple of weeks. [↩]33. GT: Shame is for other people – that’s one thing that everybody agrees on. [↩] Baybers at Austrolabe is more optimistic that nationally broadcast television can still deploy shame successfully. They both agree that legislation is ineffective.
Tigtog looks at the effects of legalised prostitution in Holland.
At the NBCC Critical Mass Tony D’Souza offers a retrospective review of J.M. Coetzee’s Booker Prize winning novel Disgrace.
J.M Coetzees “Disgrace” is about a lot of things, but at its heart it is an anatomy of racial hierarchy change in contemporary South Africa. A very quiet side note to this is its analysis of mans disgraceful treatment of animals. “Disgrace” is a pitiless and errorless book about the condition of the human experience at the end of the twentieth century; while not altogether without hope, the book and its title is a condemnation of the basic state of modern humanity.
Matilda offers a review of the photojournalist Megan Lewis’s Conversations with the Mob, in which she describes her five year encounter with the Martu people.
Guy Beres provides a review of David Mamet’s satire of Hollywood powerplays Speed-the-Plow currently showing at the Old Vic Theatre in London, starring Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum. (Lucky devil. If only I could experience London theatre without the London prices – looks like I’ll have to compensate by hiring out Mamet’s other film industry satire State and Main on DVD)
Marcellous is cranky abour classical soloists who talk and length when they should be playing, and even more peeved that the Rach racked off in favour of a Shosta because the pianist had a sore hand.
Richard Watts continues stoically reviewing Melbourne Comedy Festival offerings, helpfully providing bolded laugh ratings out of 5 for those who can’t even be bothered reading the review let along attending.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Snarky and strange but charmless. Still, two out of three ain’t bad.
A quick note from cato at Catallaxy about e-prime: English without the verb ‘to be’.
Tim Train pens a hymn for bereft Howard-haters. 44. KP: Fortunately Howard Lite’s honeymoon period must be due to expire soon, then we can all get on with cultivating mild dislike for him instead. [↩]
Ace psephology blogger Possum Comitatus is getting married on the weekend. Best wishes from devoted readers here at Troppo.