Driftglass explains how David Brooks can lie with a straight face (in four parts: I, II, III, IV), the nut of it being:

 In 1982, in an essay entitled “The Spawn of Annenberg, Part 1”, Harlan Ellison wrote about his visit to San Quentin and the chilling experience of listening to the convicted murderer of a 5-year-old child explain why he couldn’t have done what he obviously had done.

The convict had stomped the boy to death, but explained that he could not have done it because he wears sneakers.

And sneakers are soft.


5 Responses to “Paralogia”

  1. tobeme Says:

    Amazing what we can convince ourselves of.

  2. Michael Says:

    David Brooks will have to live in his own constructed reality, I suppose.

  3. enreal Says:

    Whig…who’s Michael???and where did Whig go????

  4. Michael Says:

    Sorry, Enreal. I didn’t make a big deal about it. I am formerly known as whig.

  5. driftglass Says:


    This was very kind of you. Thank you very much.


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