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  2. Jun 2021
    1. Journalist and writer Paul Barker points out that "irony is a dangerous freight to carry" and suggests that in the 1960s and '70s it was read "as a simple attack on the rampant meritocrats", whereas he suggests it should be read "as sociological analysis in the form of satire".

      "irony is a dangerous freight to carry" —Paul Barker

      a great aphorism

    1. The adulating por-trait of the perfect writer who never blots a line comes express mail from fairyland.

      what a great sentence!

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  3. May 2021
  4. Mar 2021
    1. Illich often used the Latin phrase Corruptio optimi quae est pessima, in English The corruption of the best is the worst.
    1. Overcompensation is an interesting idea. Again, its effect is non-linear (can't write on the Heathrow runway), but in a line that got 4,500 highlights in Kindle, Taleb said "The excess energy released from overreaction to setbacks is what innovates!" (52)

      This highlighted portion sounds deep, but what the hell does it really mean? I feel like I'm missing some context.

      Somewhat more interesting is the notice here that it's such a heavily highlighted passage. I love that Dan pays attention to these bits much as I do.

  5. Jul 2020