When I lived in Hanover NH (back in 1977-1981), one of my favourite hangouts was Peter Christians Tavern, home of terrific sandwiches and some of the best mustard sauce and horseradish sauce Ive ever tasted. (My favourite sandwich was either Peters Mothers Favorite or Peters Fathers Favorite, I can never remember which.) Sadly, Julian Mays prediction that the Tavern would still be around in the 21st century was mistaken; but I took comfort in the thought that a branch still existed in New London and I always figured Id visit it one day. Now that too is closing truly the end of an era. I see Im not the only mourner.
Archive | July, 2010
On Friday Im off to Bryn Mawr to teach in an Institute for Humane Studies seminar on Advanced Studies in the Tradition of Liberty. Thisll be my first IHS event since the past century, I believe. My topics will be Justice and Utility, Intellectual Property: Pro and Con, and Libertarians and the Left. The other lecturers will be Randy Barnett, Steve Davies, John Hasnas, Amy Phillips, George Selgin, and Kit Wellman; heres a schedule. This looks like a lot of fun.
I was at an IHS event at Bryn Mawr in 1994; if I recall correctly, the main street has a Borders at one end and a Barnes & Noble at the other, so I know where Ill be during free time. (And on the free afternoon I imagine a bunch of us will take the train into Philadelphia.)
As soon as I get back, Mises University begins!
Addendum: At the request of IHS Ive taken down the schedule.
Historians Locate King Arthurs Round Table, blares the headline. (CHT LRC.) And despite the fact that the very existence of Arthur has yet to be established, a so-called Camelot historian confidently opines that the discovery of some old Roman amphitheatre means that Chester was the site of Arthurs court and his legendary Round Table. This is not the language of scholarship.
Straczysnki and Lee are giving Wonder Woman a new costume and new origin story.
How long before Fox News attacks this?
We have made the decision to not bring Ed Norton back to portray the title role of Bruce Banner in The Avengers. Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members. The Avengers demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble, as evidenced by Robert, Chris H., Chris E., Sam, Scarlett, and all of our talented casts. [= Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as the Mighty Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow.] We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfills these requirements, and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks.
Kevin Feige, President of Production, Marvel Studios
This offensive statement from Kevin Feige at Marvel is a purposefully misleading, inappropriate attempt to paint our client in a negative light. Here are the facts: two months ago, Kevin called me and said he wanted Edward to reprise the role of Bruce Banner in The Avengers. He told me it would be his fantasy to bring Edward on stage with the rest of the cast at ComiCon and make it the event of the convention. When I said that Edward was definitely open to this idea, Kevin was very excited and we agreed that Edward should meet with Joss Whedon to discuss the project. Edward and Joss had a very good meeting (confirmed by Feige to me) at which Edward said he was enthusiastic at the prospect of being a part of the ensemble cast. Marvel subsequently made him a financial offer to be in the film and both sides started negotiating in good faith. This past Wednesday, after several weeks of civil, uncontentious discussions, but before we had come to terms on a deal, a representative from Marvel called to say they had decided to go in another direction with the part. This seemed to us to be a financial decision but, whatever the case, it is completely their prerogative, and we accepted their decision with no hard feelings. We know a lot of fans have voiced their public disappointment with this result, but this is no excuse for Feiges mean spirited, accusatory comments. Counter to what Kevin implies here, Edward was looking forward to the opportunity to work with Joss and the other actors in the Avengers cast, many of whom are personal friends of his. Feiges statement is unprofessional, disingenuous and clearly defamatory. Mr. Nortons talent, tireless work ethic and professional integrity deserve more respect, and so do Marvels fans.
Brian Swardstrom, William Morris Agency
C. S. Lewiss article The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment is simultaneously an excellent argument against the rehabilitative or therapeutic approach to punishment, and a lousy argument in favour of the retributive approach to punishment. Lewis makes a compelling and eloquent proto-Szaszian case for the thesis that punishment not based on responsibility is wrong; but, never examining his implicit premise that punishment must be justified somehow or other, he then slides without much reflection into the conclusion that punishment based on responsibility must be right. So when I read this article Im cheering half the time and tearing my hair out the other half.
Of course thats often my reaction when reading Lewis as when reading Nietzsche, another writer who to my mind tends to mix together equal parts of the magnificently right and the horribly wrong (though his points of rightness and wrongness seldom coincide with Lewiss). Anyway, Lewis, like Nietzsche, is generally worth reading even when hes wrong.
While were at it, heres another fine Lewis piece, The Inner Ring, that has a good deal less wrong in it.