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The Essayists: Round 3



Posted by Vanderleun Apr 30, 2008 10:15 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Dick Quest: "Honest, officer, the dildo just jumped into my boot!"

UPDATE: Now with a possible, if x-rated explanation, after the jump. You have been warned.

UPDATE: The New York Times report -- CNN Reporter Faces Drug Charge - City Room - Metro - New York Times Blog -- omits the sex equipment and partner details. Commenters are clueless as a result.

news013.jpg "CNN personality Richard Quest was busted in Central Park early yesterday with some drugs in his pocket, a rope around his neck that was tied to his genitals, and a sex toy in his boot, law-enforcement sources said. Quest, 46, was arrested at around 3:40 a.m. after a cop spotted him and another man inside the park near 64th Street...."Mr. Quest didn't realize that the park had a curfew," lawyer Alan Abramson said. He was simply "returning to his hotel with friends." -- KINKY NEWS NETWORK - New York Post

Meanwhile, back at the hotel:



Posted by Vanderleun Apr 19, 2008 11:17 AM | Comments (14)  | QuickLink: Permalink

Paging news editors: "There's no rule that says your "red vs blue" maps have to be colored the way they were in 2000 and 2004. So why not flip the colors around? After all, you had no agenda when you decided upon those two colors. Right?" - Lou Minatti

Man steals truck, dies when it runs over his head


Posted by Vanderleun Apr 15, 2008 7:25 AM | Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
What The Essayists Are Saying

"Culture being a pursuit of our total perfection
by means of getting to know,
on all the matters which most concern us,
the best which has been thought and said..."

- Matthew Arnold: Culture and Anarchy

I track about 220 blogs on a regular basis. Among these are 25 sites that I categorize as "The Essayists;" bloggers working in the long form. From time to time, I'll be doing a compilation of links to recent essays on these sites.



Posted by Vanderleun Apr 9, 2008 4:53 PM | Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Blogging: The Instructions
pie.jpg How To Blog. Lesson One: There Is No Lesson Two Advice from a master craftsman @ Sippican Cottage.
  • Unsubstantiated rumor. Epithet hurled at people who mildly disagree with you. Specious argument. Disregard for manners. Balogna. Baloney.
  • Now insert cut-and-paste research to bolster crabby worldview cadged from monomaniac manipulators, if plain fibbing is unavailable. Charts are best.

Posted by Vanderleun Apr 9, 2008 7:38 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
Liberalosis: The Newsroom Disease


This is the full text of a comment by "Been There, Done That" that was appended to today's item, More Good News: Seattle Times Axes 200 @ AMERICAN DIGEST . It has the voice of bitter experience and I thought it would be a shame to leave it as a comment.


Posted by Vanderleun Apr 8, 2008 8:55 PM | Comments (8)  | QuickLink: Permalink
More Good News: Seattle Times Axes 200

Forgotten Readers of the Seattle Times

The "team" responsible for tossing litter onto my lawn every so often grew smaller today. Seattle Times to Cut Approximately 200 Employees via The Stranger "Seattle's Only Newspaper"

A memo just promulgated onto the web by the odious "Stranger" details the reasons for the mass sackings -- 45 from the newsroom. [Full text after the jump] The money shot is right up on top with


Posted by Vanderleun Apr 8, 2008 9:41 AM | Comments (35)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Take A Walk On The Whoa! Side

File Under: Things to Do in Spain While Insane

If you don't like heights, you really, really, REALLY don't want to watch this.

El Caminito del Rey (The King's pathway) is a walkway, now fallen into disrepair, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Álora in Málaga, Spain. The name is often shortened to El Camino del Rey.

UPDATE: From a suggestion in the comments, I nominate this to be the "match-up" that decides the Democrat candidate for President. Both Clinton and Obama must traverse this walkway on skateboards. The one with the best time will be declared the nominee. Should neither survive the replacement nominee shall be.... RON PAUL!

Via The Presurfer

Posted by Vanderleun Apr 5, 2008 11:25 AM | Comments (8)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The Color Stupid

awalkerspits.jpgMy ongoing problem with Alice Walker is not her crappy writing, -- that's easy enough to avoid -- but her crappy thinking. That's not so easy to avoid since, with the rise of the Internet, Idiocracy is everywhere. Indeed, with the rise of the Obamatron, Idiocracy is the new governing principle of the Democratic Party -- and it couldn't happen to more deserving folks.

But along with the fun this brings to the connoisseur of Idiocracy, it also brings pain. One of the constant irritations of the Obama candidacy is the endless stream of the half-talented and the race-hustlers scrambling for a place in the envisioned Obamastration, or at least a hot weekend in the Lincoln bedroom and a ride on the plane.

In their thirst for future favor, ranking members of the Idiocracy such as Walker are now commonly given space in the walking corpses of newspapers. This would be fine except for the fact that although newspapers are dead, the Internet insists on keeping them alive. In my perfect world the rule would be: "If you can toss your crap on my front porch, you can't toss it off on the Internet. I mean, fair's fair."

But the Internet, like life, is not fair. Dead newspapers still insist on putting their idiots online where, like the hidden turds in a bank of stained February snow, they melt out with Spring.

I try to step around these little gifts strewn on my path through the Internet. But every so often, there is a shit sculpture so exceptional that no matter where you go, no matter how you try to avoid it, you still step in it. You step in it because it is so stunningly stupid it is linked everywhere. And then, because it sticks to your mouse, you drag it back to your home page. Sorry about that.

Case in point -- the recent squeezing of that Novelist Laureate of Loonies, Alice Walker.


Posted by Vanderleun Apr 2, 2008 7:53 AM | Comments (9)  | QuickLink: Permalink
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