September 7th, 2006


Paint it black inside your head

In the unlikely event that James Lileks ever goes back to school and takes a course in adolescent psych, he's not going to have to look too hard if he wants to refresh his memory about what his daughter went through in her teenage years. Much to my dismay, the same isn't true of me, as I found out last night while rummaging through journals, BMFPs, and apazines while trying and failing to write a paper. P and I talked about that briefly this morning; I feel pretty crappy that I didn't make some notes at the time, but as she pointed out, she was trying (and largely succeeding) to maintain a low profile.

While we're on the subject of teenagers, this post by Cobb on ADD is well worth reading, especially for the exchange between cnulan and DMG in the comments. cnulan doesn't think ADHD has any basis in biology and DMG brings the knowledge in reply. There's no question that ADHD exists and really screws some people up, and there's also no question that the way public schools are run these days doesn't help.

Ann Althouse has some observations on the ongoing soap opera in the Japanese Imperial Household and its newest episode, in which Princess Kiko gives birth to the long-desired male heir. Her commenters seem mostly unsympathetic to Princess Masako and the whole Imperial family thing, but then we're Americans and like our royals somewhat goofy, it seems.

This looks like another slow day, capped by P pulling some mandatory overtime. Bleah. Forgetting my testing kit and my sunglasses isn't helping.

Recommended reading

There's a list of worthwhile books over at Rightshelf, which polled conservative pundits recently and got back some surpriing answers. Jonah Goldberg, for example, has four fairly obscure books on politics and Paul Johnson's Modern Times - you would have thought he'd put in a plug for this important and inspiring novel, at least. Fellow NRO writer Mike Potemra puts in a good word for one of my favorites, Milton & Rose Friedman's Free to Choose.

Ben Domenech points to an illustrated digest of Hayek's classic Road to Serfdom which you can skim online, while Horatius of puts in a plug for The Once and Future King and his co-blogger Dan salutes P.J. O'Rourke's Parliament of Whores and Atlas Shrugged, along with Peggy Noonan's What I Saw at the Revolution.

For what it's worth, I don't think I need to read Whitaker Chambers' Witness: by the time I was old enough to be interested in the roots of modern conservatism, Solzhenitsyn had already sold me on one of its root principles by writing The GULAG Archipelago. I do find it odd that nobody included Barry Goldwater's The Conscience of a Conservative on their lists.

Via The Corner.