‘Story is Such a Lie.’

Posted in Observation, Real Men with tags , , , , , , on January 20, 2023 by Jarrod Boyle

Rodney Hall, frequent guest of this blog, began a spiel on this topic when last we met. This commentary on the nature of art is so fundamental and so important, it needs to be posted somewhere: once again, I exhorted him to start his own blog and yet again, he refused. For that reason, I present his ideas here, rather than attempt to pass them off as my own.

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‘A Warrior Culture Steeped in Violence.’

Posted in Journalism, Pretensions toward cultural theory, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2022 by Jarrod Boyle

What is the problem with that?

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Meditation Killed My Motivation

Posted in Observation, Pretensions toward cultural theory, Reading, Real Men, Statement of intention with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2022 by Jarrod Boyle

Tim Ferriss once said that he had initially avoided meditation for fear it would bliss him out and diminish his drive. In my case, I fear that it’s true.    

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Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Posted in Netflix, Observation, True Crime with tags , , , on October 23, 2022 by Jarrod Boyle

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is one of those things that fits in the, ‘Good, but I don’t like it’ category of film and television, which at the very least, pushes it beyond the odious definition of film and television as entertainment.

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Limp Bizkit: The Last Great Band of the Nineties?

Posted in Music, Pretensions toward cultural theory with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2022 by Jarrod Boyle

I’d never had much interest in Limp Bizkit until I saw the Netflix documentary, Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99. Nu-metal didn’t do a lot for me, and there was something that felt just a little bit entitled about Fred Durst.

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Millennial ‘Ethics’

Posted in Pretensions toward cultural theory with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2022 by Jarrod Boyle

I recently found myself embroiled with a couple of young women, millennials that I will refer to as A. and S., who seemed to defy all criticisms of millennials that I had experienced.

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‘Sorry, Not Beautiful.’

Posted in Observation with tags , , , , , , , on July 2, 2022 by Jarrod Boyle


It is not necessary to be a professional athlete training twice a day, for four hours a day, to achieve these outcomes.

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‘Sorry, Not Beautiful.’

Posted in Observation with tags , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2022 by Jarrod Boyle

No doubt we were all amused this week by the back-and-forth between Sports Illustrated cover model Yumi Nu and Jordan Peterson.

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Thomas Hardy: Character is Fate in ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’

Posted in Fiction, Observation, Reading with tags , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2022 by Jarrod Boyle

‘Character is fate, said Novalis, and Farfrae’s character was just the reverse of Henchard’s, who might not be inaptly described as Faust has been described – as a vehement gloomy being who had quitted the ways of vulgar men without light to guide him on a better way.’

Thomas Hardy,

The Mayor of Casterbridge,

P. 131

While reading The Mayor of Casterbridge this morning, I saw something that I did not like: myself.

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Stolen Focus: Recovering the Sense of Flow

Posted in Observation, Pretensions toward cultural theory with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2022 by Jarrod Boyle

I’ve been reading a bit about the effect of the smart phone on the attention span, and I must confess, I recognise a number of Johann Hari’s observations in my own behaviour.

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