Ladies, Gentlemen, and English usage

September 5, 2012 2 Comments Chad Nilep Humor , , ,

Recently I have been re-reading James Thurber’s “Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Guide to English Usage”, a parody of Henry Watson Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage. The parody is built around a central conceit: that a language usage guide is equivalent to lifestyle or relationship advice. This is not merely a conceit around which to build a parody; it is also a fair assessment of what usage guides are used for.

On Free Will

January 14, 2012 No Comments Chad Nilep Humor, Philosophy

A light-hearted dialogue on the meaning of “free will”, inspired by Karl Smith at Modeled Behavior.