Thanks for pulling that out PF. I can see how he comes off as pompous with his wider vocabulary, but in this instance it does the job.
― xyzzzz__, Saturday, 2 February 2019 18:10 (one year ago) link
Finished this tonight. It's not my idea of a very good PA essay.
The Lula material is partly reheated, simply in that he's written at length on Lula before (but not about his trial, successors, etc). He comes out as quite partisan for Lula's PT / workers' party - that's one of the things that most interests me about the essay. PA still has an ability to be very impressed by certain people, like the analyst he compares to Marx, and Lula himself.
But then the treatment of Bolsonaro: we get the standard PA problem that he hates 'bien pensants' more than anyone else, and is more keen to take swipes at them than to make any serious criticism of the political Right - in this case, by the sound of it, far Right. This particular strain of contrarianism is tired. The things that Bolsonaro has said and done, as I understand it so far, are worrying and dangerous towards several groups of people. PA makes light of most of this.
― the pinefox, Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00 (one year ago) link
Perry will be unimpressed.
― the pinefox, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:26 (eleven months ago) link
smh at everyone not knowing what teratology means, do you not read stephen jay gould ppl, everyone familiar* with the paling corpses of birth-dead monsters in 19th century pickle jars knows this word
*i mean like from books shut up
― mark s, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 11:04 (eleven months ago) link