Sad news of the death of Robert Fagles. I have long considered his translation of the Iliad to be the best. Fagles struck the ideal balance between literalism and poetry in his epic translations that I believe will make his work last much longer than the strictly literal, and totally unenjoyable, Richmond Lattimore.
There were a couple of reactions to my comments on Michael Shermer’s The Mind of The Market, just about all of which went quite wide of the mark. Some of them were obviously by people who had not read the book and who accused Shermer of writing “libertarian propaganda,” which is one charge that cannot be fairly leveled at him. (The book is quite the opposite.)
Ed Brayton has a run-in with one of Those Guys. Similar things have happened to me before. I wish I had reacted as Brayton did. Usually I've just been so stunned that I mumble out something clumsy and find a way to move to another part of the room.