Category: nonsense

Home /
Contemporary literary theory, particularly of the postmodern or deconstructionist variety, has long had something of a reputation for being overburdened with inane, incomprehensible, and vacuous jargon. This reputation is not entirely undeserved; however, in my view, business school jargon outdoes literary theory with ease on all three fronts. The content-free buzzwords explaining the firing of […]

Evil plot thwarted

By
|
On February 5, 2012

Via Outside the Beltway, A story about the resurgence of some of the more baroque aspects of Tea Party activism and local politics in the New York Times today. My favorite line: In Maine, the Tea Part

img

Nitpickers "Unite"

By
|
In grammar , nonsense
|
On October 2, 2007
Via Cliopatra, it’s the “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks. On days like today, these are the sorts of grammatical transgressions that make me want to garrote a panda. . . . oh, and what the hell is an apostrophe doing in the middle of the word “gourmet?” Come back here, stupid panda! Share

Signs of Hope

By
|
On September 25, 2007

It’s a busy teaching day, but I thought I’d let everyone know that I just dropped by the cafeteria for a quick bite, and no one was screaming “Motherfucker, I want more ice tea!̶

Why Can’t I Stop Lying?

By
|
In nonsense
|
On September 12, 2007
Every day I buy coffee at the coffee shop in the Patterson Office Tower. Every day they ask me whether or not I’m a student. Every day I say “Of course,” because students on campus are exempt from sales tax. Every now and then, usually when I’m wearing a tie, they assume I’m faculty and […]

The Little Things…

By
|
In apsa , customer service , nonsense
|
On September 4, 2007
On my way out of Chicago on Saturday, I stopped by a friend’s house for breakfast. The fast having been broken, we sat and chatted for a while, since my flight didn’t leave until 1:45pm. Of course, it takes at least half an hour to get to O’Hare from anywhere in Chicago, and I’m always […]

4:33

By
|
On August 29, 2007

Fifty-five years ago today, John Cage wasted 4 minutes and 33 seconds of his audience’s time in Woodstock, NY. Some would argue this was the shortest duration of time squandered by the composer;

1 2 4
It is main inner container footer text