Month: October 2012


Like many folks with online friends in the North-East of the USA, I’ve been watching the weather reports with great big saucer eyes.

Keep safe, and if you feel like it, please drop a comment here telling us how you’re going.

Racebending and Cloud Atlas

Variety described the notion of white actors playing Asians as “exciting,” suggesting that the Wachowskis “put the lie to the notion that casting — an inherently discriminatory art — cannot be adapted to a more enlightened standard of performance over mere appearance.” The irony of this declaration is overwhelming — praising a film for “enlightened” casting choices that merely replay old discriminatory practices.

Otterday! And Open Thread.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Books? News stories? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

Fallacy Watch: No True Klansman

I may have contributed to a new term for a rhetorical ploy we see more and more. Here’s how it happened – I’m rather proud of this coinage, but wonder whether we may be reinventing the fallacious wheel. Is there an already apt term in rhetorical jargon?