a few more vacation reading links

Boston Review — John R. Bowen: Europeans Against Multiculturalism

Very clear discussion of European challenges in this area.


Shelley in Egypt: How a British Poem Inspired the Arab Spring | Book Think | Big Think

This article led me to read Shelley’s “The Masque of Anarchy” in it’s entirety. The poem was more compelling to me than the article.  The article calls this poem “stale,” “predictable,” and “earnestly polemical.” However, I still enjoy reading historical poetry like this. In this case, it made me wonder about the basic ideas Shelley was clothing in allegorical garb like Murder and Fraud. I especially like that Hypocrisy was “clothed with the Bible, as with light, and the shadows of the night.”

Anyway, you can read the article and the poem and make your own conclusions.


It’s a season of recall for Voters in Wisconsin by Monica Davey

I continue to marvel at instances where people insist on  language to serve their own ends:

“Mr. Tate predicted that Democrats would win back control of the Senate, even with what he called “the fake Democrats” (the Republicans, who encouraged those bids, prefer the term “protest candidates”) running in Tuesday’s races.” from Monica Davey’s article linked above


Dissent Magazine – Online Features – Blaming Women for the Infantilization of Men –

I have this bookmarked to maybe read.

I find when writers or commentators begin talking about gender roles, they lose me. I had to turn off NPR this morning because I couldn’t stand listening to descriptions of “gender” issues that were put forth as typical that strike me as so idiotic and superficial.


Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth

According to the Writers Almanac Site, today was the day that Wordsworth began writing this poem. I have a soft spot in my heart for the Romantics. I also like today’s poem for the day, “Joy” by George Bilgere which ends nicely this way:

And this morning I woke up
feeling like a little French village
the Nazis suddenly decided to pull out of
after a particularly cruel occupation.

The baker has come back to his store
and everything smells like warm baguettes.
The children are playing in the schoolyard,
the piano bars along the river
have thrown open their doors.

And here you are, with coffee
and an open blouse, and two cool breasts
from the land of joy.


I need to wrap this up. First a few links from Boing Boing I plan to check out:

Creative License: how the hell did sampling get so screwed up and what the hell do we do about it?
Cory Doctorow at 5:44 AM Friday, Jul 8, 2011

Woman Faces Jail Time For Growing Veggies In Front Yard
By Ben Popken on July 11, 2011 12:00 PM

NuPenny Store in Wichita is never open
Mark Frauenfelder at 4:05 PM Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011

Animated GIFs Triumphant


And a couple of links about the place I’m visiting:



Temescal is a local place name that you see on road signs. It is Spanish for “Sweat bath or lodge.”

On the road signs “canyon” is often abbreviated to “cyn” which I think looks vaguely Welch.

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