Adding Epicycles


Jess, Christian and Brandon Read a Book, Part One.


10.21 Follow-Up / 10.28 Brush Clearing

  • South Park leading to irresponsible socio-political behavior [Brandon/Devon]
  • A pre-9/11 political culture of apathy [RJ]
  • Recapped Aeon article on three forms of offense. [Brandon]
  • Steve Bannon is no FDR. [Devon] (reception got cut out at this point)
  • More…

10.21 – Some Brush-Clearing

Some brush-clearing for 10.21
First, some articles up for review…
The Man Who Broke Politics [The Atlantic]
The Idioms of Non-Argument [The Atlantic]
Two Concepts of Offense [Aeon]
 Last week Devon taught me about Supreme and the empty rituals we erect in place of substantive communal engagement in our disenchanted age.  What I really wanted to know was the optimal time to get in line for my ‘experience’.
Here are my notes from C. Taylor’s The Ethics of Authenticity

Level-Setting: Identity Politics, Etc.

A few items on the table.  First of all, Douthat’s ‘The Delusions of Kanye‘ and Coates’ ‘I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye‘ are some interesting takes on that whole spectacle, if so inclined.  Beyond that, there was a rather interesting ‘potpourri’ article over on Kottke the other day, ‘The Respect of Personhood vs. the Respect of Authority‘, which makes a shrewd observation on the uses of ‘respect’.

Sometimes people use “respect” to mean “treating someone like a person” and sometimes they use “respect” to mean “treating someone like an authority”

and sometimes people who are used to being treated like an authority say “if you won’t respect me I won’t respect you” and they mean “if you won’t treat me like an authority I won’t treat you like a person”

and they think they’re being fair but they aren’t, and it’s not okay.

As someone who routinely accuses the identitarian left of engaging in bad-faith, sleight-of-hand sophistry, this is a very potent observation from another perspective.

From there, a Vox piece on the IDW, which may be re-heated for our purposes at this point.


Moving forward, there is ‘The Birth of a New American Aristocracy‘, which I definitely want to touch on.


And for good measure, terrorism is what happens when you don’t get fucked.


Round Two

Brandon – ‘Well, if we do this long distance and write a lot of it out then at least my thoughts will be more coherent.’

R.J.- ‘We’ll see.’