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St John is a freelance writer, historian, and ornamental hermit. He spends his weekends reading terrible books and shouting at kids to get off his lawn.

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StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The Ugly Duchess

It is an amazing painting. And I've been to Greek funerals, running the gauntlet of dozens of Greek grannies all dressed in black and pinching your cheeks… The painting isn't far off the mark.

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: MeetUpSki Location Location Location

I'll be in Raleigh in July, and I know thenewgreen is nearby. I'd love to meet up if anyone else is in the vicinity or can have themselves loaded into a catapult and flung far enough to land safely in North Carolina.

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Impromptu meetup in San Fran tonight?

It really is crappy. A PBR & J is a Pabst Blue Ribbon and a shot of Jameson. It's a drink you only ever order if you're already very drunk and intend to get drunker.

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Impromptu meetup in San Fran tonight?

What do you want to do instead of PBR & Js? Chartreuse and pickle juice?

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Impromptu meetup in San Fran tonight?

I was foolish enough to let mk and thenewgreen order drinks and we wound up with a round of PBR & Js. Thanks so much to these guys for the best night out — you couldn't ask for friendlier, livelier company.

We have to do this again. Just get a cab next time so your car doesn't get broken into. Did you get back all right?

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Impromptu meetup in San Fran tonight?

Oh yeah, I know the one! It's a great little spot. Want to meet there at 7? I'll be wearing a green fedora.

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Impromptu meetup in San Fran tonight?

North Beach is always a great area for dinner/drinks if you like Italian. Or we could grab some Chinese in Chinatown. I'm pretty easy, though, so if you have a hankering for Neptunian squid larvae or sheep's head stew just let me know.

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Impromptu meetup in San Fran tonight?

Hell damn yes! Count me in. Whereabouts were you thinking?

Happy Tutankhamun Day! I had no idea it was November 26. About this time last year I read a fantastic book about the origin of mummy myths, and it laid the blame for the mythology surrounding Tutankhamun's tomb squarely at Lord Carnarvon's feet. It wasn't that he died soon after the tomb was opened (though he did). It was that he'd struck up an exclusive coverage deal with one newspaper. That meant all the rest of the world's media were desperate for material, so when Carnarvon kicked the bucket they all ran the curse story because they had nothing else to print.

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: 3 Questions with @steve

Aw, this was really sweet. And funny as hell — I cracked up at about 1:30.

    He doesn't define what he means by "bullshit" until 3/4 into the article.

He gives a pretty good outline in the first two paragraphs — "unnecessary words", "jargon", and "unclear" all jump out as examples of what he's calling bullshit. That sets him up to go into more depth later.

    There are a lot of ramifications of that. His analysis is simplistic and unhelpful.

He's not really a social critic, as far as I can tell, and I don't think he ever set out to analyze those ramifications. It looks like he writes books about effective business techniques.

    This is just an ad for his book

It's very common for writers and actors and directors to go on the circuit to promote their upcoming thing. Every interviewee, every chat show guest, has some new thing that is now available in fine cinemas or bookstores everywhere. It's not an unreasonable way to do things, so long as their interview or article isn't just an ad — it should stand on its own in some way. This article outlines how an interesting problem came about. His book is, naturally, about how individuals can fix it. I probably won't buy the book, but I did enjoy reading the article.

Oh thank god. I thought I was the only dainty buttercup out there.

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