Some Things for You to Look at While I’m Having Lunch…

…and I think we’re going to be talking about Nat King Cole!  I swoon!

1.  Senator Diane Black finds it too inconvenient to meet with the people of the state that she wants to fuck over.  Well, Senator Black, it’s not nearly as inconvenient as discovering that your state legislature continues to try to treat you like you’re not quite human.

2.  Kevin over at Lean Left just about blew my mind with this.  His walk-through of how liberals v. lefties view To Kill a Mockingbird is pretty amazing.

3.  Yep.  That’s one of the weirdest things to adjust to.  When you’re working a shitty job, not only do they want your body for 8-10 hours a day, they want to control your attitude about doing the job.  When you’re working a middle-class job, you do what you’re told 8-10 hours a day, but no one seems to expect that you like it.

4.  I’m actually glad to see Sarah Palin talking about how we have to get beyond the ideal of abstinance.  That’s the kind of folksy truth-telling I can appreciate.

5.  If you’re interested in how Facebook is doing you wrong, Rana’s got a great explanation.  The best part, though, is how she reveals that, in order to have discovered that, by using Facebook after the TOS changed, you had to have used Facebook after the TOS had changed and thus, in discovering the change, you implicitly and accidentally agreed to it!

6.  Holy shit is right!

17 thoughts on “Some Things for You to Look at While I’m Having Lunch…

  1. I have a major issue with Kevin’s incorrect assesment of one point of the book.

    Told through the eyes of Scout, his young child, we don’t get the ins and outs of Atticus Finch’s legal machinations on behalf of Tom Robinson.

    We are told though, in a couple of (seemingly) throwaway sentences that Finch is still working on Robinson’s appeals at the time Robinson is shot by the prison guard.

    Finch didn’t–as Kevin characterises–just walk away from Robinson once the trial ended.

    But since the story is about Scout and Jem and Boo and how their lives intersected to teach a lesson about mistaken judgements and true love–and not a procedural about Southern Law during the Depression–we don’t have the details of the continued work on Finch’s part.


  2. I think one of the more telling quotes from the Bristol Palin interview was this:
    “They thought that, like, my mom was going to make me have the baby, and it was my choice to have the baby,” she [Bristol Palin] said. “And it’s just — that kind of stuff just bothered me.”

    So in other words, it bothered her that having the baby or not was her choice and some people were trying to take that choice away (in a matter of speaking by assigning that responsibility to her mother)…


  3. Kat, I was going to say that. The truth is that radicals (who often do attack the book) actually do so for presenting Robinson as too stupid to wait out the appeals process. Which I think is a proper criticism. And for privileging the white viewpoint over the black viewpoint. Which I think is a tough thing to demand of a child narrator.

  4. I have to admit that it’s been years since I read To Kill a Mockingbird, but I remember being under the impression that the whole “killed while trying to escape” thing was just what the children were told to spare them the truth.

    Now I may have to reread it.

  5. TKAM is one of those books I read once a year to keep my faith in literature alive.

    I’ve never seen Tom Robinson’s escape as cowardly. I see it as a bittersweet act of heroism. This gentle man who is kind to the sad Mayella in spite of her almost grotesque life and is punished for that kindness has no control over his life. The escape is his one available means to assert his control over his life.

    The entire book is a poetic love note to self-determination in spite of societal constraints. Consider:
    — Boo Radley, trapped in his house by his parents and his own fear reaching out to the children through the mended pants and the knothole in the tree
    –Mayella planting geraniums in her yard to brighten the slovenly hovel and saving nickels for a year to buy some alone time with the man she craves.
    –Atticus reading with Scout in the evenings even though the teacher says it’s a bad idea.

    And of course Tom Robinson. Running to the only kind of freedom he realizes he will be allowed.

    My ass is that man a coward.

  6. Oh I know. I’m sorry I was referencing nm’s comment.

    And at times I’ve thought what you did. But thematically and characteristically the story makes sense.

  7. I said that Robinson is presented as a fool, not as a coward. I don’t think he’s presented as a coward at all.

  8. NM

    No, I never said anything that could, no matter how far it is stretched, say that Tom is a fool. Assuming it was a real escape (the book, I think, pretty heavily implies that it was a lynching), Tom did what I would have thought any reasonable person would have done. Tom was dead and he knew it – -why not try to run?

    Perhaps I should give Finch more credit, but he had already prevented one lynching and he saw how the power structure completely railroaded Tom — continuing appeals is, to my mind, essentially doing nothing. At that point in the book, it is clear to everyone that the system is intent on killing Tom.

  9. OK, I haven’t been clear. I have seen serious radical critiques of TKAM, which don’t tend to complain (as you suggest) that Atticus Finch gives up on Tom Robinson and accepts that the system can’t be changed. Instead, they tend to complain that Robinson is presented as too foolish to understand or too desperate to wait for, the workings of the law, which is why he tries to escape. (The book pretty unequivocally presents the escape attempt as just that — there is circumstantial detail, such as his crippled arm giving out, that I think makes it clear that this isn’t a sugar-coated lynching.) That is, the critiques don’t take the approach of suggesting that Finch ought to be presented as a radical; they take the approach of suggesting that the narrative takes any intelligent agency away from the black characters.

  10. nm

    Okay, that is clearer. And I wold agree with you. I don’t think Tom is a fully realized character, but he definitely has agency n the book.

  11. tgirsch, that is spine-tinglingly good. Thank you.

    If somebody put a gun to my head and told me to choose between Stevie Wonder’s original “Superstition” and Old Crow Medicine Show’s cover of it, I would be sore afraid I would die before making my choice. Yes, it’s THAT good.

    I can hardly imagine my glee at a Gillian-Old Crow combo cover of The Band.

  12. Well, since I am not only the Fresca of Evil but possibly the Dumbest Evil you’ll ever meet, I shall not only provide a proper link but note that I meant to say “Old School Freight Train” and not “Old Crow Medicine Show.”

    It is late, and I am old. And embarrassed.

    Here is a video by OSFT performing said magnificent cover. With David Grisman.

    I am slinking away now to listen to OCMS’s “Alabama High-Test” on repeat for the next hour to straighten myself out.

Comments are closed.