The Mystery of Finlaggan

Always partial to an Islay, I tried this for the first time and it fared very much better than a Lagavulin 8 200th Anniversary Edition. The general consensus seems to be that price-wise this Islay offers a really big bang for the buck. Here are two assessments of it.



John Kennedy Toole

Born on this day. Every thing you need to know about Toole can be found here (documentary), here (biography) and here (review of aforementioned bio). Stay tuned for the forthcoming theatrical feature based upon JKT bio.

When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.


Paul Schrader and Alan Poul on Mishima

Paul Schrader and Alan Poul discuss the trials and tribulations in the making of Mishima: A life in four chapters. For copyright reasons, one is not contemporaneously privy to what Paul and Alan are viewing (much like Herzog’s commentary tracks). As a curtain-raiser one should listen to Benjamin Noggle’s Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters — Criterion Retrospective. Much like Benjamin I think the reissue is a worthwhile investment if only to get the parallel visuals that Schrader and Poul are discussing, and even though The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima is available online.

The Coddling of the Western Mind

Forthcoming. Though the American context is specified, this book would be of salience across the Anglophonic world. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of the book go to support the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a vital and most effective bulwark against the inquisitors, their complicitous bloated bureaucrapcy and their zombie swarm minions. It was the wonderfully brave Mary Lefkowitz who, some twenty years ago, first brought my attention to the work that FIRE does. Canada-based folk should really be made aware of the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship (SAFS), equally worthy of your support given the recent and ongoing Wilfred Laurier cluster-fuck with, no doubt, many more cases that will come to light.