Selected reading

March 11, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Posted in Misc. | Leave a comment
  • First up, an important announcement. On your travels around the blogosphere, you might notice that when (some) right-wing bloggers write about Harriet Harman, they intentionally misspell her name. Being such a droll, creative bunch, the spellings vary, but the most commonly-used is Harriet ‘Harperson’. Now, I like to think of myself as a pretty smart, well-read guy (I have certificates and everything), but I never had a clue where this bizarre mangling came from… until now:

(and BTW Har’person’ is actually a pun on Har’man’ – the woman is a strident feminist and it probably pains her immensely to have a non-gender neutral surname)”

  • So it’s a bit like changing ‘history’ to ‘personstory’ or ‘manhole cover’ to ‘personhole cover’. Brilliant. So from now on, I’m going to conclude that anyone who uses this alternative, ‘subversive’ surname is a witless prat. If this effects you in any way, my apologies. In other news…
  • Laurie Penny gets a spot in The Guardian to write about anorexia.
  • The Guardian also has a pretty distressing story about the conditions in a women’s prison in Scotland.
  • Glenn Loury has a fascinating piece on the American prison system.
  • NextLeft takes on the Muslim ‘mob’.
  • I’m linking to it a few days late, but Matthew Cain’s piece on Tom Harris’ ‘folly’ is worth a read.
  • The New Pornographers’ Carl Newman (who wrote the title to this here blog) talks to The Boston Herald
  • The A.V. Club interviews the excellent Neko Case.
  • And Jon Stewart’s spat with business network CNBC continues. (Don’t expect too much from my Tumblr account, by the way; it’s mostly just an irregularly-updated dumping ground for various videos & tunes).

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