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The NYT’s modern man & his melon baller UPDATED

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

I won’t link to it since it’s hatebait, because it’s written to be mocked, but linked each time it’s mocked, but if one is to believe the NYT, what makes a man, as Ace puts it,

is simply behaving like a liberal, urban white woman (the actual target demographic of this piece).

I’ve never met the author of the NYT article, but I’ve met Ace, who indeed is modern, and a man, and I agree with his assessment.

The NYT’s modern man owns a melon baller.

Lest your mind wander to impure thoughts, here is a melon baller, which, if you must-have, I’d appreciate you get through this link so I get a small commission.

But I digress.

I’ve also met Lileks, another modern man, who went to town dissecting the NYT’s idea of a modern man, only that Lileks is pitch-perfect,

Does the modern man have a melon baller? What do you think? How else would the cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew he serves be so uniformly shaped?

So has his wife. Maybe when the kids are gone.

The modern man has thought seriously about buying a shoehorn.

But not those plastic ones. Something elegant with a bone handle. There has to be a place in the Village that sells them. That sells only shoehorns. There will be an old man who knows his craft, and the store will be old and cluttered and you know like European? And he will learn something about the art of the shoehorn, and the traditions of the makers, and the old man will be pleased to help him, because most people these days, they don’t care about the old ways.

The modern man lies on the side of the bed closer to the door. If an intruder gets in, he will try to fight him off, so that his wife has a chance to get away.

Stay away Mr. Burglar or you are going to get such a melon balling

Steven Miller, who I haven’t met, corrects the modern man,

The modern man does not use a mellon baller as anything other than a cereal spoon.

So the NYT succeeds at a hatebait, generating lots of posts (mine included), but my favorite so far is John del Signore’s, N+0 Ways To Be A Postmodern Man

The postmodern man and the modern man are both part of the same privileged white man hypocrisy, and never more so as when they compose deliberately insufferable listicles to be published purely for the sake of feeding bite-sized content into a rapidly devolving banner ad shell game.

Take it away, George!

Blogging on LatAm shall resume shortly.

“The Modern Man” Fisked…. By Hand

Em português: Thriller do Impeachment

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Via Mr. Bingley

En español: Los spots de campaña de Sergio Massa

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Advertencia: Contiene malas palabras

En español: Danald Trump en la Unidad de quemados

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

The Donald stops by the burnt-out unit,

Rubio Vice

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Having lived in the resort areas of the tropics for years, I actually laughed when the NYT described Marco Rubio’s modest fishing boat as a “luxury speedboat”. Viking Pundit’s uncle from New Jersey had one like that.

Rubio Vice by trueholygoat

Side-by-side: Marco Rubio’s Boat vs. John Kerry’s Boat.

More, much more at Twitchy.

The Rubio campaign ought to send a thank you note to the NY Times and a dozen roses by now.

Now I want the NYT to try Ted Cruz next!


The NYT has accomplished what I believed impossible, up to now: To show a regular guy in Washington politics.

Favorable publicity money didn’t buy,

Art: Abstract interpretation of a minion sells for $46.5million

Friday, May 15th, 2015

For your consideration:



En español: Unidad de quemados OHL

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

y Pacasso trae el Exótico Hotel Marigold 2

John Oliver riffs Latin America

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Let the good times roll!

John Oliver did a monologue on the mango-throwing incident. I can’t embed it but you can watch the video here.

Oliver frequently pokes fun at Latin America; Jaime Bayly has some of it in last night’s show, starting at 7:25 in the video (up to 17:00),

In case you missed them, here’s Oliver riffing Ecuador’s Rafael Correa,
John Oliver first Correa monologue.

Correa didn’t like it, so, of course, John Oliver replied.

It’s that time of year,

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Ecuador: John Oliver goofs on Correa

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Ecuadoreans hail John Oliver for taking a swing at their ‘sensitive’ president
(video here)

Correa was not amused,

But Acción Ortográfica was vigilant on the grammar,

Correa spelling