Seeming

Religion, art, taste, and other delusions.

Aug 082014
 

Exceptionally bad art sometimes acquires a constituency, as famous murderers attract marriage proposals.

Aug 072014
 

Art corrupts politics more than politics corrupts art.

Jul 142014
 

Monotheism is the most conspicuous failure of the principle of parsimony.

Jul 092014
 

You can smoke all you like in the movies, but you can’t cough without dying.

Jun 132014
 

People praise sincerity in art because they cannot bear the idea that an artist can imitate their deepest thoughts and feelings while remaining unmoved by them.

May 282014
 

Religion without doctrine and ritual is nothing, or as we now say, spirituality.

Jan 202014
 

Our ancestors believed in ghosts of people; we believe in multiple regression — ghosts of causes.

Jan 062014
 

“It was a culture,” the historian will write a century from now, “that found it necessary to invent the word ‘unironically.'”