quora moderation said my answer may need improvement

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I RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM QUORA that read, “Quora Mod­er­a­tion col­lapsed your an­swer to ‘What ir­refutable facts do Trump sup­porters need to know about Trump to change their mind?’ for vi­o­lating a policy on Quora. Your an­swer may need im­prove­ment.” Re­ceiving what could only be in­ter­preted as a rep­ri­mand was a first for me—at least from Quora. READ MORE

you probably overrate that which you love

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THIS MORNING, the ques­tion on Quora was, “Who is the most over­rated music star of all time?” Rather than an­swer the question—which I don’t be­lieve can be an­swered to every­one’s satisfaction—I ad­dressed the as­sump­tions of the ques­tion it­self.

My an­swer is in­dented below be­tween the im­ages of Bert Blyleven (with the ball) and Sig­mund Freud (with the cigar). READ MORE

symbolist poet arthur rimbaud has nothing to do with this post

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ANOTHER DAY, an­other ques­tion on Quora beg­ging for an an­swer from me. (Well, maybe not beg­ging, but looking like it re­quires my at­ten­tion.) Hope­fully, my an­swer will be un­like others that will be posted and if it doesn’t in­form, will at least en­ter­tain.

The ques­tion was, Can you name an artist or mu­si­cian you had never heard of that people said was good and you dis­cov­ered those people were right? READ MORE

I guess I’ll just have to remain anonymous

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THIS TIME, the ques­tion on Quora was “Why do you not want to be fa­mous?” and I read it at four in the morning. That’s be­fore I’d had the first sip of my Cafe Bustelo (a good coffee to wake up with). So I put on Miles Davis’s WALKIN’ (a good album to wake up with), took a gulp from my mug and re­sponded with this:

If I was fa­mous, there’d be all these in­ter­esting young men with ex­tra­or­di­narily ex­otic mind-altering drugs that I’ve never even heard of who would want to hang out with me and be my friend and have fas­ci­nating con­ver­sa­tions about re­ality just be­cause I was fa­mous. READ MORE

on the “rich lifestyles” of music artists and movie stars

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TODAY’S QUESTION ON QUORA that caught my at­ten­tion was, “How do music artists have such rich lifestyles if every­body pi­rates their music?” Since I had just fin­ished my mon­ster mug of Cafe Bustelo—and I tried honey in­stead of my usual light brown sugar as a sweet­ener, which I won’t be doing again—I thought I’d give it a go. READ MORE

can we call trump’s tweeted temper tantrums “tweetrums”?

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RESPONDING TO A QUESTION on Quora, I used my an­swer as the basis for a short ar­ticle that I ti­tled, “Con­ser­v­a­tives Not Ex­actly En­thralled by Trump Are a Problem.” I was ad­dressing what I as­sumed was a con­ser­v­a­tive in­di­vidual who posted that some con­ser­v­a­tives “aren’t ex­actly en­thralled” with Trumps’ pres­i­dency.

The point of my piece was to take the ques­tioner to task for so timid a re­sponse to Trump. READ MORE

conservatives not exactly enthralled by trump are a problem

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THIS ONE IS A DOOZY! The ques­tion on Quora was, “Would lib­erals be sur­prised to learn that con­ser­v­a­tives aren’t ex­actly en­thralled with Donald Trump ei­ther?” One must make some as­sump­tions when en­gaging other In­ter­ne­tally, so I as­sume that the person who posted this ques­tion is po­lit­i­cally con­ser­v­a­tive. I also as­sume that he as­sumes that asking it dis­plays his feel­ings and opinion about the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion as being rea­son­able. READ MORE

trump and forbes and the one that got away

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I’M NOT FEELING WELL. It could be some late-Summer thing or an ad­vance taste of what the up­coming flu season has in store for us. But it’s a low-grade headache and fever, sore and swollen throat (that makes me squeak when I try to talk, so I don’t) (which some con­sider a blessing), and Grate Grom­mett in Heaven do my mus­cles ache! READ MORE