July 29, 2003
"Justin Case" is the pseudonym of my paranoid research assistant who lives thousands of miles away but is still freaked out by this blog. Anyway, Justin is hopping mad about what he considers my sloppy reporting of "the Leon Kass ice cream quote." He thinks the quote needs expansion. Great! More musings about ice cream from the guy who wants to stop cloning. How do I get talked into this stuff anyway?
As I said earlier, it's a real drag when I make a mistake and to have to go through this kind of crap again, but here is the original ice cream quote, which I found on the Internet, and used in what I thought was its entirety:
Worst of all from this point of view are those more uncivilized forms of eating, like licking an ice cream cone... This doglike feeding, if one must engage in it, ought to be kept from public view, where, even if WE feel no shame, others are compelled to witness our shameful behavior."
Nothing wrong there; it's just that there's much more in between the little dot dot dots. Here's the whole quote:
Worst of all from this point of view are those more uncivilized forms of eating, like licking an ice cream cone --a catlike activity that has been made acceptable in informal America but that still offends those who know eating in public is offensive.
Are you hungry? Is your stomach growling? I am running late and I have to leave right now!!
Just about ready to start a big road trip.
I'm hungry too!
Forgive me! I have a lot to be ashamed about, and I have barely started. (The irony here is that I am a polite person, and I really don't think I needed Dr. Kass's lecture, which in my view fully justifies Howard Stern antics.)
I must note that I do not deserve the credit for this post, which was largely prompted -- even largely written -- by my dear friend Justin Case. I only hope that you are reading this Justin! Here it is, a full seven months later, and your work has been noticed by the guy you used to call me about and tell me to read when I never imagined that I'd be blogging! It's deeply moving to me, and I just wish there was some way to persuade you to join this blog seriously as a co-contributor (if not co-conspirator!)
UPDATE: I just learned that Timothy Noah was kind enough to link to this post. My deepest thanks to him, and a big welcome to all visitors from Slate!
One last thing. Joan Quigley I am not. But.... any readers with an interest in an offbeat, occultish look at Dr. Kass can read about his planets here. More to come.
Welcome all! And many thanks again, Glenn Reynolds!
MORE: In the interests of continued bad taste, I have posted Part II of my astrological analysis of Leon Kass, which you can read here.
UPDATE (10/22/05): Justin reacts to Dr. Kass's most recent musings on marriage.
And it's all made me wonder. . .
Might it be time to consider the destigmatization of footbinding?
UPDATE (06/21/06): My thanks to Glenn Reynolds for linking this post again, in a humorous discussion of Christine Rosen.
posted by Eric on 07.29.03 at 02:18 PM
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