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He's back!

By Michael J. Smith on Tuesday August 2, 2011 03:08 PM

... IOZ, that is, bigger and badder than ever. Very glad to see it. Tearin' up the conceptual peapatch in top style. O frabjous day!

Comments (12)

Al Schumann:

It's good to see him writing again. I've missed his commentary.


Judging from his post-hiatus entries, he's still bringing the heat.


Did he stop ?

I like me my IOZ, too, but I have to back op. Why the super love? Dude's a nihilist. I get the entertainment value, but he's hardly a rock to stand on.


When a rock is all that's left to stand on, you may as well enjoy the view.


There's no accounting for taste. I love the guy, although -- or perhaps because -- he's coming at things from such a different angle from my own. He and Cockburn. One owes a lot of loyalty to people who regularly write stuff that gives one intense delight.

I don't think it's at all fair to call him a "nihilist," either(*). Nobody who likes Couperin could possibly be a nihilist.


(*)My own personal favorite line from The Big Lebowski: "These men are nihilists. There's nothing to be afraid of."

"Dude's a nihilist"

And thus the thoughts and ideas of a man are flushed down the toilet.


I am a Fabian nihilist. I believe in nothing, but . . . incrementally, and over a long period of time.

I agree that IOZ is a fantastic source of provocation and entertainment and even insight. He's A version of Oscar Wilde.

Personally, I don't believe there are actually such things as nihilists and libertarians. True, atheist-in-foxhole moment nihilists aren't passionate about current events. But, as always, IOZ sells it well, what with the addition of the Fabian concept. The sun will indeed swallow the planet...

As for libertarians, well, just go talk to one. Within minutes, they start printing their own license plates, not to mention creating a police state above the Rio Grande.

Al Schumann:

A real Fabian would drink lots of port and burn holes in an antimacassar while gesturing with a cigarette. They used to wear berets, too, but not the kind worn by Che. A nihilist would be conscious of the absurdity of port, but not to the point of either drinking or not drinking it. I can't recall their views on berets. It had something to do with sex.


I prefer Armagnac.

Al Schumann:

Good stuff. I use it to pickle taxonomies.

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