I'M CHARLES IV, MAD KING OF FRANCE! Is anyone really surprised?A fine, amiable and dreamy young man, skilled in horsemanship and archery, you were also from a long line of dribbling madmen. King at 12 and quickly married to your sweetheart, Bavarian Princess Isabeau, you enjoyed many happy months together before either of you could speak anything of the other's language. However, after illness you became a tad unstable. When a raving lunatic ran up to your entourage spouting an incoherent … [Read more...]


BE A NICE GIRL, KISS THE WARDERS Dagnabbit! I'm Jacques Derrida. At least I'm not dead! But really, slim pickin's all around. Me for Saint Anselm. Screw the century of blood.Which 20th century theorist are you?Via Naomi Chana. … [Read more...]


I AM TOM LEHRER'S "CHRISTMASTIME IS HERE, BY GOLLY": Christmastime is here, by golly! Disapproval would be folly. Deck the halls with hunks of holly, Fill the glass and don't say "when"... Kill the turkeys, ducks, and chickens, Mix the punch, drag out the Dickens, Even though the prospect sickens, Brothers, here we go again!Which Christmas carol are you?I note that this is really not true. I love certain Christmas carols, especially "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence," "In the Bleak … [Read more...]


I'M OTHELLO. "You are the innovative and ground-breaking tragedy about civil rights for minorities. [Um?] Everyone hated you, but you ignored it, because you were in love with a woman of the 'other' race. Unfortunately, she was the only one worthy of your trust... and you didn't trust her. And now you're both dead."Which famous Shakespeare play are you?Via Naomi Chana. … [Read more...]


"Mr. Tarnopol is considered by Dr. Spielvogel to be among the nation's top young narcissists in the arts." --My Life As a Man … [Read more...]


AND I HAD A FEELING I COULD BE SOMEONE...: Two contrasting conversations keep knocking together in my mind.In one of them, a friend described his experiences with men he knew who had fathered a child out of wedlock. This guy described how he would tell the men that their children needed them. The sons needed to learn what it means to be a man, how to be a responsible man. The daughters needed to learn what they could expect from men--that they could demand that men be responsible, loyal, an … [Read more...]


WHY AYN RAND WAS A NOVELIST: Because reason ain't gonna define itself!The ever-interesting Krubner replies to my post on the inability of abstractions to serve as standards of value.He writes, "People die for the flag, they die for their nation, they die for the family, they die for the Land, they've been known to tree-sit for a month and then die for the Earth. People have died because they were unwilling to sign loyalty oaths, and they were unwilling to sign because they felt loyal to the … [Read more...]