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    Aug 03, 2015, 12:12PM
    I think Walker is terrible, but there's no reason he can't win the nomination and the election. Herman Cain was never a serious candidate, as Russ says. And plenty of candidates get into office with lots of corruption and scandals in their past (Reagan did.) At the moment, I think Walker is likely to be the Republican nominee (60% chance?) and then has maybe a 45% chance of beating Hillary (given that economic predictions at the moment are that the economy will be pretty good then.) So 1 in 3 or 1 in 4 chance that he's our next president, if I were to bet on these things.
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    Aug 02, 2015, 05:12PM
    Nick Denton, and his minions, make Rupert Murdoch look like Robert Bartley.
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    Jul 30, 2015, 11:21PM
    Okay, well, I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree. Scholars shouldn't read drafts? People shouldn't read authors letters? We shouldn't be reading most of Dickinson's poems, or Sanditon? I just think that's all nonsense.// You know what's a moral crime? Setting up a white racist as the nation's moral arbiter of race relations for children. I don't hate Lee, but given her importance, it's pretty important that people have a fuller picture of her work and approach. I don't think authors have absolute property rights in their work anyway — and in fact, the constitution says they don't. Copyright laws aren't property laws; they attempt to balance public interest in a work with authorial interest. I think that's a better way to think about the morality of publishing than pretending it's some kind of definite crime to look at someone's unpublished draft.// But, you know, if you don't want to read the Trial, don't, I guess. Your loss.
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    Jul 30, 2015, 02:55PM
    Kafka actually had a lot of stuff published in his lifetime... including some of his most critically acclaimed material. Should you not read "The Trial" because he never intended it to be published, because he never finished the book? Yes. This isn't an entirely unique situation. Lee, Salinger, these are people who valued their privacy, can't you respect that? Just reading "Watchman" makes you complicit in the moral crime.
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    Jul 30, 2015, 02:26PM
    Considering I screwed up mixing nightingale with mockingbird, everybody should look at The Nightingale'sSong by Timberg. Different bird, same thought as to picking a bird for the title. Too bad Lee wasn't given credit for "growing", as ex Kleagle Robert Byrd was. All depends. As everybody knows.
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    Jul 30, 2015, 01:19PM
    So...it's immoral for us to read Kafka's stories then? He said don't publish this, but it got published. Should all of those stories be destroyed and forgotten, or what?
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    Jul 30, 2015, 01:06PM
    Saying that "Maybe Lee’s reputation should be tarnished" is ignoring the fact that she didn't *want* this book to be published, assuming any popular and logical position as to why she didn't publish "Watchman" sooner. Some people might treat her as a "racial saint," but you treat her like an object, something that shouldn't have any say in what she publishes. You completely ignore the immorality of our very knowledge of "Watchman." "Caring about a writer's legacy could mean not trying to protect the author from his or her own words"—well, Noah, she protected herself. That should be enough.
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    Jul 30, 2015, 08:32AM
    I mean, they don't make her look *just* bad. They have strengths an weaknesses. Lee's been canonized as a kind of racial saint, though. Watchman calls that into question, which is good. (TKAM calls it into question too...but the sanctimony around that book is so thick people don't really see the text anymore.)
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    Jul 30, 2015, 08:31AM
    They both make her look bad. TKAM is kind of crap.
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    Jul 30, 2015, 08:04AM
    Rab. Actually, the topic which interests me is the idea that some themes are mandatory, that I am required to be concerned about something or other and somebody will tell me when I can stop paying attention.
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    Jul 30, 2015, 08:02AM
    So which of the books showed us the real Lee? Obviously the one which makes her look bad. Taking down the successful is fun. Did she "grow"? Did she decide the commercial success was in Nightingale? Did her editors tell her which end was up and she'd better do it or else? Lot of that going around. See Woody Strode in "Sergeant Rutledge". Same theme, same plot albeit with more action, same release year. Was Lee told to get on the bandwagon? How many white people in Nightingale are good, anyway? One adult--Atticus--as far as I can tell. The rest put the guy in jail where he was killed. The premise that the book tells us about the goodness of white people in that time is false. It actually shows the good guy is outnumbered and eventually powerless against the rest of them. My wife and I were tutoring a couple of Nepali refugee kids in high school and they had to read the book. So we got the movie and the popcorn and went through it. Not that complicated, even if you have to stop so often it takes three hours.
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    Jul 30, 2015, 07:53AM
    Under most circumstances, a threat of violence is considered intolerable no matter any rudeness. It all depends, which his obvious. A white guy from the south called a racist cracker isn't going to get any love for threatening the accser. It all depends, and the point is...everybody knows it. Some folks are...just more special.