18 May 2003
Quotes for our time (part of a series)
A couple of gems I came across during routine surfing, which I'm happy to pass on to you.
First, Balloon Juice's John Cole, on the call (by Limbaugh and others) to end affirmative action, citing the Jayson Blair scandal as justification:
[T]here may be a number of plausible and well-founded reasons to get rid of affirmative action. This is not one of them. This is a reason to get rid of lazy editors, disinterested middle management, and lazy fact-checkers at the NY Times. Period.
Has anyone yet set up a Howell Raines Countdown Clock?
And SurlyPundit has this to say about exposing college students to Serious Literature:
[I]f you read and examine what you find in the stacks with something resembling a critical eye, you will discover two things. First, reading Coleridge will not make you eloquent unless you have talent to start with, just as a sharpening steel has little effect on a carrot. Second, 90% of everything is crap, but the remainder is worth dying for.
I read a lot of Coleridge in my younger days, and I think I've proven her point. Pass the slaw.