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One Hundred Things Norman Geras and I Corresponded About Over the Last Decade

October 18th, 2013

Country music (including but not limited to Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Allison Krauss, and its relationship to suicide) — Marxism — The war in Iraq — The case the British government made for the war in Iraq — Media coverage of the war in Iraq — Differences between British and American media coverage of the war in Iraq — Dead socialists (including the question of whether or not Paul Sweezy was in fact dead: he wasn’t when we began corresponding on the question, but later he was) — Favourite novels — University admissions — Boycotts of Israelis — Blog technology issues — The paradox of democracy — Paul “The Thinker” Richards — Defamation law — French headscarves laws — International rugby partisanship — New Zealand and whether it is a dull country — Amnesty International — Italian anti-war demonstrations — Christopher Hitchens — The precise distance from Boulder, CO to Birmingham, AL — My Normblog Profile — The number of Red Sox supporters who have Normblog profiles — Where the Wild Things Are — Bob Dylan — Favourite films – A Mighty Wind — Nashville — Joan Baez — George W. Bush — The Hutton Inquiry — Lucio Colletti — Why the film Life is Beautiful is so terrible — The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind — Mobile telephones — Cricket — The various ways in which my students used to pronounce the name “Geras” — Rock stars — Exam marking — Arnold Lobel and his Mouse Tales — The Butler report — The Campo de’ Fiori in Rome — Shakespeare plays — Obnoxious right-wing writers (including Mark Steyn and Andrew Bolt) — American airport security checks — Terrorist threats — Socialist Register — The 2004 US Presidential election — Baseball — Visiting Oxford — Thomas Hobbes — Roman libraries — Classical composers (especially Schubert) — Jokes about rational choice theorists — The Tour de France — Etienne Balibar — Favourite actors — The excellence of kittens (and, more generally, cats) — American street names — Wendy Cope — Footnotes in Capital — Umpiring — Passport applications — Margaret Thatcher’s resignation — Margaret Thatcher’s poetry –  Jews for Justice for Palestinians — Chavez and anti-Semitism — Academic plagiarism — David Aaronovitch as marathon runner — x-RCP front organisations — Robert Wokler — Academic jobs — Musicals — Australia — The rubbish-collection regime in Oxford — Tony Judt — Whether or not the Euston Manifesto was part of a “common, hysterical defense of the Anglo-Dutch financial system, and their permanent right to loot the economies of the world” — American practices of memorialization on campus — Flooding in Oxford — The Beatles — Jerry Cohen’s valedictory lecture — The New Left Review — Loyalty oaths — A Dance to the Music of Time — Merton College, Oxford — Visiting Manchester — Critical opinions about America — Puzzles involving marbles — Traffic robots — The Beach Boys — Tony Blair’s relationship with God — Bernard-Henri Levy looking funny in photographs — Authorisations to use military force — John Stuart Mill on international intervention — The Eurovision Song Contest  — Adam Smith — Nick Cohen’s views about torture — Alfred Hitchcock films — The thorny question of whether seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was on drugs — The problems of travelling between Oxford and Cambridge.

Biggest regret? In July 2004, Norm wrote, “Might you have an interest in watching a Test or some part of one with me?”, and I never took him up on the suggestion.

His final words of the correspondence, from the start of this month: “My own care from the NHS has been exemplary.”

American League Champions!

October 22nd, 2007

I don’t follow the baseball as closely as I used to, after years living away from New England, but I’m nevertheless pleased to see that in the ALCS against the Indians the Red Sox won Game Six 12-2 and Game Seven 11-2 and are now their way to the World Series against the Colorado Rockies. (Go, Sox.)

Rotator Cuff

March 15th, 2007

Apologies for the silence over the last few days, which means, among other things, that Karl Marx (14 March) got left out of the Dead Socialist Watch on this particular trot through the calendar.

Turned out that what I thought was upper arm cramp last week was in fact a rip in the tendon in one of the rotator cuffs in my left shoulder. I noticed at the week-end that I couldn’t really lift my left arm into even a horizontal position, let alone anything higher; on Sunday night I stopped being able to sleep comfortably; and on Monday and Tuesday it became quite inflamed and produced a lot of pain, so I’ve started doing sensible things like going to the doctor and finding out what’s actually going on in there, and I think everything’s on the mend now, with industrial quantities of ibuprofen working its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving magic.

As a Boston Red Sox fan, I thought I knew a lot about rotator cuffs — Pedro Martínez’s rotator cuffs were about as familiar to New Englanders as David Beckham’s metatarsals. But whereas Pedro damaged his RCs by striking out lots of New York Yankees (or something similar), I hurt mine through the altogether more sedentary activity of reading Fénelon on the sofa at home. Perhaps it’d be safer if I gave up reading altogether.

Anyway: I still can’t lift my arm above the horizontal, but now it doesn’t hurt anymore, I don’t really mind.

Go Sox!

October 28th, 2004

ALDS Game 1: @ANA, W9-3
ALDS Game 2: @ANA, W8-3
ALDS Game 3: vs ANA, W8-6
ALCS Game 1: @NYY, L7-10
ALCS Game 2: @NYY, L-1-3
ALCS Game 3: vs NYY, L8-19
ALCS Game 4: vs NYY, W6-4
ALCS Game 5: vs NYY, W5-4
ALCS Game 6: @NYY, W4-2
ALCS Game 7: @NYY, W10-3
World Series Game 1: vs STL, W11-9
World Series Game 2: vs STL, W6-2
World Series Game 3: @STL, W4-1
World Series Game 4: @STL, W3-0

BOS 10 NYY 3

October 21st, 2004

Commenting on this post, Naunihal asked the other day, “Chris — how do you feel about the championship now?”

I’m feeling fine.


October 10th, 2004

The Red Sox swept the Angels in their Divisional Series, and the Yankees knocked off the twins last night, sending the right teams through to contest the American League Championship Series over the coming week.

Actually, I’m not sure it really counts as an American League Championship Series unless it’s the Sox against the Yankees, in much the same way as it isn’t really an Ashes Series if it isn’t England vs Australia.

(The Australians beat India just now, but with luck that’ll just set up another series like this one.)

ALDS, Game One

October 5th, 2004

I can’t find the television pictures anywhere around this college, but I have managed to get the radio broadcast from WEEI coming through my computer, and I’m very pleased to report that the Red Sox are leading the Anaheim Angels 8-0 in the middle of the fourth inning in their first play-off game.

And there I was assuming that all the games would take place in the middle of the night, and generally bugger up my schedule.

UPDATE [6.10.2004]: Final score 9-3 Red Sox — and the Twins beat the Yankees 2-0. So a good evening’s baseball all round.