May 14, 2014
When I was young, a movie was based on a novel, a lecture was based on research and a joke was based on current events. But now movies are based off novels, lectures are based off research and jokes are based off current events.
Call me a curmudgeon ("You're a curmudgeon!") but doesn't the metaphor of a base suggest a foundation on which something else rests? Now I suppose one could argue that a base can also be a launching pad from which something lifts off. But to me that implies that the connection which once existed is now lost, in the past, left far behind.
Now if "based off" is questionable at best, "based off of" is completely out of bounds. The extra "of" is utterly unnecessary--a perfect example of clutter that desperately needs to be expunged.
Anne Curzan offers interesting analysis of this trend based on searches with the Ngram Viewer. She is a little more forgiving (and probably a better human being) than I am when it comes to recognizing that metaphors in English are not always strictly observed and probably don't have to be.
Nonetheless, if I ever do something like that, it had better happen by accident rather than on accident.
May 9, 2014
"But," said Chris, "if I felt one way and acted another, I'd be a hypocrite." You've probably heard from others what I heard from my friend. In our therapeutic society, feelings are thought to be the most essential, most authentic aspect of who we are.
If I'm upset and don't express it, I'm a phony. I'm sugar coating reality. I'm not being true to myself. If I stuff my true feelings, I'm engaging in unhealthy suppression.
Luckily, George immediately saw through to the core of the issue.Continue reading "True Hypocrisy"
Posted by Andy Le Peau at 1:11 AM
April 22, 2014
I was recently rewatching the 2002 Kurt Wimmer film Equilibrium when I suddenly realized this is Ray Bradbury's 1953 classic Fahrenheit 451 all over again. But it wasn't a crass failure of imagination. No, Wimmer was doing what many writers, artists and movie makers do--borrowing from a past work to offer an homage while providing a few twists of his own.Continue reading "True Equilibrium"
Posted by Andy Le Peau at 11:32 AM
April 15, 2014
March 25, 2014
Every once in a while a kerfuffle bubbles up about whether or not the United States was founded as a Christian nation. The question can take many forms. Were the Founding Fathers personally committed Christians? Did they expect the Bible or parts of it to be the bedrock of the country? Was Christianity intended to be the unofficial established religion of the land?Continue reading "A Christian Nation? Schaeffer Weighs In"
March 11, 2014
This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Kitty Genovese on March 13, 1964. So here I rerun my post from two years ago on this landmark episode in American culture.Continue reading "Murder, Apathy and Urban Legends"