"The condom is…in its essence, a compromise: at the moment of greatest potential pleasure, it interferes. It requires that the rush of desire be interrupted, its course modified, its sensation diminished. At the moment of being consumed by the present, a concern with the future intrudes. The condom is a declaration of sacrifice in the midst of indulgence. It is evidence of civilization and its discontents."
— Edwad Rothsein, in a review of a museum exhibit of condoms.
It is very, very sad that the Catholic church refuses to endorse the condom — in fact it proactively speaks out against the effectiveness of condoms — even as AIDS ravages the continent of Africa.
- Here is a true story seemingly out of Hollywood: spies, buried treasure, codes, Washington D.C., and espionage.
- A new paper showing U.S. aid to Colombia is not helping in the drug war there.
- Colin Marshall in praise of "I don't know."
- Caitlan Flanagan on the idiocy of Alice Watters' gardening movement in public schools.
- More on the labor cartel of bar associations and how they hurt everyone by distorting the market of lawyers.
- Grant McCracken on the problem of "forced fun" in corporations — authenticity trumps all.
- David Foster Wallace's posthumous Dec '09 short story in the New Yorker is excellent, especially the bits about the cruelty of parents when they knowingly lie to their kids about "magic" and toys and the like.