Saturday, June 16, 2012

Paradoxically: Modesty is sexy.

Instapundit has "unexpectedly," about how reporters typically describe all bad economic news under Obama as unexpected or surprising.  Best of the Web highlights instances of the Butterfield Fallacy, when publications like the NYT note that crime declines despite increased incarceration rates.  I like 'paradoxically' stories.  My favorite is one from Time about how Stephanie Meyer's books are "paradoxically" sexy because they aren't explicit. "Meyer put sex back underground, transmuted it back into yearning, where it became, paradoxically, exponentially more powerful."  Bless him, and the countless others who think that the correlation between restraint and desire is a paradox. Here's another paradox about bathing suits.  

Friday, June 15, 2012

Alas, My Liver is American.

This return to London, I seem to be having another bout of culture shock, more intense than the first.  I've been wondering if maybe an expat is always going to be in some state of culture shock.  Yasha suggested I call it perpetual culture shock.  But in the past few days, I think I've figured out why I'm having more intense culture shock now.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Expats: perpetual strangers in a strange land

With the frequent back and forth across The Pond, my instincts will forever be slightly off I fear. Only last month I noticed that I still don't reflexively introduce myself in conversations with new acquaintances. In Texas this is odd. Now back in London, I am irked by things which I once routinely dismissed.