You Should Read The Weblog

by Belle Waring on September 14, 2006

C’mon it’s The Weblog. You’re missing out on insightful posts like this one from Dominic, on how Fay Weldon is the antichrist:

The model of libidinal economy endorsed by Weldon is essentially that of middle-class parenting: let your children have the smallest possible amount of what they clamour for – sweets, television, computer games – and make their access even to that conditional on an unremitting parade of good manners and the assiduous consumption of vegetables. In such a manner is exorbitant desire acknowledged through gritted teeth – when it is not being exploited to secure obedience. All of this is fair enough in extremis, which is where most parenting of small children is done, but it is nauseating to encounter an adult person still willingly enthralled by such a ruthlessly petty system of restraint and reward. If adolescence has any purpose at all, it is to shatter those bonds.

Read the whole thing, because it really is an excellent little essay. On a lighter note, you can be astounded by the unparallelled quote-mining skills of Adam Kotsko:

In Moral Man and Immoral Society (1932), Reinhold Niebuhr quotes a Southern politician protesting against suffrage tests for black voters “on the ground that they would discriminate in favor of the educated Negro against the servile, old-time Negro”:

Now, sir, the old-time Negro is assassinated by this suffrage plan. This new issue, your reader, your writer, your loafer, your voter, your ginger-cake school graduate, with a diploma of side-whiskers and beaver-hat, pocket pistols, brass knucks [sic] and bicycle, he, sir, is the distinguished citizen whom our statesmen would crown at once with the highest dignities of an ancient and respectable commonwealth.

I think I speak for all of us when I say, humina whatsa ginger-whisker beaver-hat whaaaaa? The Weblog has many other fine posters, too; I’m sure your life needs more Ben Wolfson. McLemee may be shy to hype The Weblog, but I’m not. Go ye, and read of it. Also, ginger-cake.

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dearieme 09.14.06 at 10:14 am

“If adolescence has any purpose at all” – well of course it doesn’t. It’s an indifferent and pitiless universe out there: hormonal eruptions and brain development just happen.


lemuel pitkin 09.14.06 at 10:50 am

You had to do it, you had to tell everyone. The Weblog used to be cutting edge, it used to be one of those obscure little side-street gems that only people who’d lived in the neighborhood for years knew about. I was so pleased with myself for being one of the handful of regulars. But now it’s going to be packed.

Thanks a lot, Belle.


ben wolfson 09.14.06 at 10:57 am

Everyone needs more ben wolfson.


Adam Kotsko 09.14.06 at 12:12 pm

We’ve finally arrived!


Doctor Slack 09.15.06 at 11:49 am

Love that Southern politician’s quote; he actually makes those newfangled Negroes sound totally awesome.

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