"Hi Lee, Michael, and everyone,
Thanks, Lee, for the point about the use of “whale” and “shark” in gambling contexts. This really helps and fits with the money-water imagery. I am say this as a relativist just interested…"
Thanks very much for your interesting responses. Even though you didn’t hear many water or Ahab metaphors used, that in itself is interesting, as it reminds me not to focus too much on a certain set of metaphors that appeal to…"
" Hi Dan,
Thanks for a great paper and all the interesting thoughts. The discussion you have sparked and facilitated perfectly demonstrates how refreshing and unusual the OAC forum is, as Huon said by way of contrast with those images of…"
"Hi Keith and Lee,
Thanks to both of you for taking the time to consider and comment on “The Big Short” and my blog post about it, “3 Ways ‘Big Short’ Movie Downplays Banker Fraud.’
I just want to say,…"
"Great point, Michael, about R2D2 functioning like a hunting dog! Wow, that makes really good sense and advances my understanding of that robotic trash can’s deep and enigmatic appeal. Excellent. I can’t believe I didn’t notice this…"
See, this is what I’m talking about—more great images and connections like this, from Graeber to Bloch on hope, and the invention of agriculture. “Scratching the ground in Anatolia”—such a perfect image to…"
I’m also shocked and saddened by the news of OAC’s winding down, and I thank you for your dedication to this wonderful project. As I said in the survey sent around a couple months ago, I appreciate, in particular,…"
"Keith, Lee, John, Mark, Louise, and All Who Have Brought Us to This Point,
I just want to congratulate you and mark this milestone, the passing of the 1000th Comment in this Forum. I raise my glass to you…"
"Keith and Lee,
Sports, movies, wonder—that does it, I just have to chime in here.
I’m intrigued by your discussion of sports and politics. Despite national differences, you both seem to agree that the British and American…"
"Thanks very much, John and Lee, for your comments on my participation. I appreciate it, and have enjoyed this whole open-minded, boundary-pushing discussion. I hope the party continues, and, John, I hope your paper in China goes well.
It’s been enormously fun, but I’m going to have to get off this rollercoaster, grab some cotton candy, and watch the rollicking fun from a distance. Once I finish marking final papers this week, I’m going to dedicate the rest…"
"Goals and Guiding Principles
In light of John and Louise’s apt recent comments about the downsides of many academic discussions, and while still in the after-glow of my Austin trip, let me offer up some favorite quotes (below) for inspiration…"
You’re right to be obsessed with evidence, as I’ve said before, and if I were making that Macy’s photo a central part of an article in the American Ethnologist or the basis for a $30-million ad campaign, I would join you. But…"
"John, Lee, Louise,
Just to clarify, I never meant to imply that this ad was the only instance of this male look ever to appear in American advertising, or that it directly and consciously came from Twi, or that everyone will see the ad the same way,…"
"Just trying to catch up here…
It is only when you get into a conversation about a movie or watch it permeate the culture in unexpected ways that you can evaluate its place in our story repertoire. …But it…"
Wait, I just realized (i.e., looked up) who Katniss is—the hero in The Hunger Games. (OK, as I’ve said before, I’m no expert on teen movies or books!) So now I have to ask: Don’t you think Louise was offended not just by…"