From the Huff Post Blog—I like both, but I never found literary fiction “an emotional journey through the symphony of words, leading to a stronger grasp of the universe and of ourselves.” I found good writing and good story telling, just like quality genre fiction. The explanation as quoted sounds pretentious to me—somebody searching for a distinction in the reality of little difference.
The argument continues—so it goes.
From Business Insider—My current profession is “retirement,” but these are pretty good to consider even for a retired guy’s personal life.
That’s a quote from essayist Joseph Epstein, found in a New YorkTimes article called, The Downside of Inciting Envy, which suggests why envy is a growing trend, it’s psychological dangers, and what to do about it. Democrats won’t like it.
From Economist Don Boudreaux at Cafe Hayek:
So here’s a challenge that I (and others) have posed before but believe to be sufficiently penetrating to pose again. This challenge, of course, is posed to supporters of this hike in the minimum wage: Name some other goods or services for which a government-mandated price hike of 39.3 percent will not cause fewer units of those goods and services to be purchased. Indeed, name even just one such good or service.
And this puts it another way:
The problem with Whole Foods is their regular customers.
They are, across the board, across the country, useless, ignorant, and miserable. They’re worse than miserable, they’re angry. They are quite literally the opposite of every Whole Foods employee I’ve ever encountered. Walk through any store any time of day—but especially 530pm on a weekday or Saturday afternoon during football season—and invariably you will encounter a sneering, disdainful horde of hipster Zombies and entitled 1%ers.
They stand in the middle of the aisles, blocking passage of any other cart, staring intently at the selection asking themselves that critical question: which one of these olive oils makes me seem coolest and most socially conscious, while also making the raw vegetable salad I’m preparing for the monthly condo board meeting seem most rustic and artisanal?
Read the whole thing and see if you agree. I’ve not found this, but I’m an infrequent shopper. And I prefer Trader Joe’s.
From The American Interest—The money quote:
Even in the best case scenario, the delay in the increase of state contributions will make the whole process more expensive than it would have been if the state simply bit the bullet and upped its contributions immediately. We can’t help but notice, too, another example of politicians putting off contribution increases until they are safely out of office. This reminds us more than a little bit of the kick-the-can game—often played with the unions’ full knowledge and support—that got pensions into this trouble in the first place. The fact that many of these reforms are written in a way that leaves current workers’ plans untouched but hits future workers’ benefits hard does nothing to dispel this notion.
And check out the scary graph at the above link. (If your state is in the red, like mine, then yes, it is scary.)
From USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor: “Three examples of pushback against the ruling class.” Or Irish democracy at work!