Alex Wright


Faith of Graffiti December 14, 2005

Thirty years ago, my friends and I used to set up shop in this abandoned pump house in the woods behind my parents' house. It's somehow encouraging to see the graffiti wall still going strong: ... chilled on one side...
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Slouching Towards Mecca December 11, 2005

From an 1856 Harper's article on the impending collapse of Islam: The difficult labor of bolstering up the present effete government will soon be too expensive to the Western nations, and Europe will find it necessary to divide the dominions...
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For Scooter Libby October 28, 2005

Deception and hypocrisy are neither absolute evils that virtuous men suppress to a minimum level nor residual animal traits waiting to be erased by further social evolution. They are very human devices for conducting the complex daily business of...
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Deconstruct this January 7, 2004

E.O. Wilson on the rise of postmodernism, with this eloquent backhanded compliment: [H]ere is a salute to the postmodernists. As today's celebrants of corybantic Romanticism, they enrich culture. They say to the rest of us: Maybe, just maybe, you are...
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A definition October 9, 2003

Semantic Web, proper noun An attempt to apply the Dewey Decimal system to an orgy. from The Devil's Dictionary 2.0...
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Proclamation October 8, 2003

It is represented to us that the universal suffrage, as now existing through the Union, is abused; that fraud and corruption prevent a fair and proper expression of the public voice; that open violation of the laws are constantly...
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October 8, 2003

Vox populi, vox dei...
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Facts v. fiction October 5, 2003

Thomas Jefferson, on Americans' seemingly incurable appetite for fiction: A great obstacle to good education is the inordinate passion prevalent for novels, and the time lost in that reading which should be instructively employed. When this poison infects the mind,...
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"the media is a warlock." March 19, 2003

"the media is a warlock." - norman mailer...
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Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages

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