Friday, December 3, 2010

Quote(s) of the Day

First, Megan McArdle on Julian Assange:
Julian Assange seems to have fallen prey to what I call Supply-Sider's Disease, a little-known, yet surprising widespread psychiatric disorder in which people become convinced that things they very much want to do from strong moral convictions, must therefore have no downside.
The whole post is worth a read and the last graf screams truth.

Second, an excerpted Thomas Mallon, courtesy of Hitch:
Washington novels, such as they are, tend to be found on racks at National Airport, the raised gold letters of their titles promising a bomb on Air Force One or a terrorist kidnapping of the First Lady. There’s a reason for all the goofiness. A serious novelist must take his characters seriously, regard them as three-dimensional creatures with inner lives and authentic moral crises; and that’s just what, out of a certain democratic pride, Americans refuse to do with their politicians.
Hitchens' City Journal article on the search for the great DC novel is simply excellent top to bottom.

Sorry blogging has been light non-existent recently -- been buried in research.

Have a good weekend!


Elle A said...

Gah, the Atlantic and McArdle...the only sentence worth reading was:

"It's also worth noting that the assumption that secretive organizations will necessarily be undermined by leaks is only even arguably true in a world where they can't expand their sphere of influence to control the propagation of those leaks."

Besides the fact that, that is the Most Poorly Structured and Written Sentence Ever, (well it's from The Atlantic so it must be okay) if this Chick had any knowledge of the international environmental effort she would be familiar with the Partnership Project, part of the Green Group.

The most incredibly wealthy and influential enviro 501(c)(3) you've never heard of.

Google it. Let me know what you find.

Elle A said...

Just asking - Is it me or is Assange a classic narcissist? The danger is not in his self-absorbed attitude; it is the other side of the coin - the total lack of empathy and understanding that there are others in the world. That is the seriously scary socio-pathological aspect of narcissism. Complete disregard for anything not applicable to him.