Q: If a 15-year-old girl is raped by her 40-year-old father, do you think that she should not be allowed to have an abortion?
Here’s my counsel: Be careful on this one, Sarah! They’re out to get you! Talk about how Dinosaurs and Humans coexisted 5999 years ago, or something! Anything but say you believe in the sallow-fruits of incest and coertion!
A: I’d counsel her to choose life.
Well, I suppose you could have done worse, like, say, pulling out a 30-06 and shooting Katie Couric in the head with it. From an Airplane you used to chase her to the point of exhaustion.
The stifling heat over the past two days and its accompanying humidity has rendered any sort of scholarly impulses naught, so I figured I’d just write down a general update about what I’ve been up to lately. After all, blogs are for little else than advertising to the rest of the world the daily inanities that the writer faces (and somehow a few of these writers get a massive following).
Working backwards, last night my housemates and I threw a barbecue / housewarming party, with good results. Even though it was raining we somehow managed to make some pretty decent burgers on a charcoal grill, and a good 20 people showed up for the festivities. At one point Brian and Ben put on a show of their new group “Dancing Granny”, in which Brian pounds on a synthesizer and Ben does interpretive dancing. Had Aimee up from NYC and she was the star of the night. What is often said about British accents is actually quite true: People were impressed without even listening to what she was saying. This either reflects well on English diction or poorly on Americans. It’s probably some mixture of both.
These past few weeks my time has been consumed by an application for a Watson Fellowship, and research for my impending senior thesis for my Philosophy major. I’m writing about Chinese and English grammars, with special treatment of certain theories of meaning holism, which I think will be particularly interesting when seen in the light of these grammatical differences.
I am also taking a seminar on Plato, which is proving to be just as difficult as it is rewarding (these things often turn out like this). Along with this, I am taking a classics course on Mythology, and an English course on Victorian poetry. Trying to plot out the next few months of my life has really proved to be a suck on time. The loss of free time across my first three years is no comparison to the lack of free time I enjoy now and what I had in junior year (sorry for my horrible diction; as you can tell I don’t even have the time to obsess over a blog post every once in a while anymore).
Sorry folks, I know you’ve all been waiting with bated breath for my next post. However I am now in a rush to get all my things packed up to move from Manhattan to Poughkeepsie. I’ll be pretty unengaged over the course of this week, however, so expect more posts. A few hints at what I’m going to be writing on:
- Consumerism, and how to avoid it?
- The mind-body problem in science (a possible topic for my thesis)
- Obama’s demographic problems
So, get excited! Or not. I think there’s about 30 people who visit me on a more or less daily basis. Or just six who visit me five times a day. Regardless, I know you all are out there, and I appreciate being read. So please keep coming, and I promise! By tuesday I will have something up. Until then, wish me luck on my dreaded move-out-move-in.