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Regarding the "obnoxious" Besties video with Jenny Slate and Gabe Liedman: it's very tongue-in-cheek. As Jenny tweeted: http://twitter.com/jennyslate25/status/24784176718

"I hadn’t seen any novel make the statement that entering the workforce was like entering the grave. That from then on, nothing happens and you have to pretend to be interested in your work. And, furthermore, that some people have a sex life and others don’t just because some are more attractive than others. I wanted to acknowledge that if people don’t have a sex life, it’s not for some moral reason, it’s just because they’re ugly. Once you’ve said it,
it sounds obvious, but I wanted to say it.

I’m not sure that there are such an unusual number of sex scenes in my novel.
I don’t think that’s what was shocking. What shocked people was that I
depicted sexual failure. I wrote about sexuality in a nonglorifying way. Most of all I described a basic reality: a person filled with sexual desire who can’t satisfy it. That’s what people don’t like to hear about. Sex is supposed to be positive. Showing frustrated sexual desire is obscene. But it’s also the truth. The real question is, Who is allowed to have sex?"

Damn, I need to read some Houellebecq.

I anticipate a surge in Blackberry sales among Harrisburg U. students.

As far as I know, he is the only philosopher who tried to commit suicide.
Well , Empedocles didnt try, he succeed.
Socrates was forced but he did not resist or run
Seneca tried twice and succeeded in the second attempt
Lucretius, well that was his enemy and biographer says

Typical American parochialism FTW, huh MR commenters? FedEx? UPS? Quoting American law?

The question was about "this Anglo-Saxon world", he lives in Ireland, and the question was clearly in reference to the part of the world he lives in, not America.

"In 2001 the [British] government set up a postal regulator, Postcomm, and offered licences to private companies to deliver mail."

He may have been referring to that or he may have been referring to how Ireland's ComReg has, since 1999, been gradually opening up An Post to competition.

(Regardless, his comment is silly because continental Europe have been just as active in opening up mail delivery to privatization and competition.)

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