Mar 292012
 

  • The Awl has a story up in which the author was ostracized as a teen for quoting (inacurately, as it happens) an episode of Friends in which the women of the cast attempted a bad-boyfriend banishing ritual. Choice lines included:

    PHOEBE: Or…or we can chant and dance around naked, you know, with sticks.

    and

    PHOEBE: Um, that’s ok! [throws it in fire] Ok. All right. Now we need the semen of a righteous man.

    RACHEL: Ok, Pheebs, you know what, if we had that, we wouldn’t be doing the ritual in the first place.

  • The director of the second of this summer’s Snow White movies, Snow White and the Huntsman has this to say in an interview at iO9:

    We went for a much more kind of pagan version of the story.

  • There’s been an academic squabble brewing for years in Linguistics over the anomalous language of the Pirahã. The tiff seemingly arose in part because the orignal research was funded by Christians to create yet another translation of the Bible, the fact that features of the language seemed, at least at one point, to contradict a key element of Noam Chomsky’s theory of Universal Grammer, and because Chomsky’s acolytes are certainly Modernists if not atheists, in general.
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