Category Archives: Deep Thoughts at 3AM

Outrage Porn

It has occurred to me that I am a constant consumer of outrage porn. An outside observer might think that I love to be upset about things. In fact, several people (generally Georgians) have told me precisely that, on this … Continue reading

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Language and Privilege

I know the title reads like an undergraduate class on Foucault, but bear with me. One of the odd experiences I’ve had teaching in Georgia is being annoyed by British English. Before I left the US I rather liked British … Continue reading

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Why Do We Hate Ignorance?

On a basic, almost primal level, we all hate ignorance. At the very least, a display of ignorance makes us uncomfortable, like a crawly itchy feeling that we just absolutely have to scratch: In the more extreme cases, we react … Continue reading

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Generalizations

Generalization is a very important skill. It underlies language – it’s our capacity to recognize that this chair and that chair share enough features that we can give them one name and use that name to communicate about a whole … Continue reading

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The World Is Stupid

Today I got a text message and an email from the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, warning me to vary my routes because of global terror activity. Yeah, what the fuck ever, embassy. Maybe instead of emailing English teachers making $300 … Continue reading

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Getting Older (In Georgia?)

Clearly, 30 is the year in which I constantly introspect about my age. I recently became aware that the recession of my hairline can no longer be denied – I’ve known it was creeping slowly back since my mid-20’s, but … Continue reading

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