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A Merkin on a Penis

Ezra’s sister Daphne writes a Little Ick in an essay about penises:

Which is not to suggest that Lawrence didn’t, despite what is clearly a complicatedly ambivalent attitude toward women, manage to move the conversation more radically forward than most.

As always, UD leaves it up to her readers to explain why this is a Little Ick.

But here’s a hint. It’s a sentence George Orwell discusses in Politics and the English Language:

I am not, indeed, sure whether it is not true to say that the Milton who once seemed not unlike a seventeenth-century Shelley had not become, out of an experience ever more bitter in each year, more alien [sic] to the founder of that Jesuit sect which nothing could induce him to tolerate.

Margaret Soltan, February 23, 2009 3:55PM
Posted in: Little Ick

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9 Responses to “A Merkin on a Penis”

  1. Dave Stone Says:

    If you don’t quite mind my saying, I don’t know if maybe you couldn’t perhaps suggest that it seems as if it might not lack a certain je ne sais quoi, no?

  2. Jonathan Says:

    You know someone is putting up the entire content of your blog up on another site called "Study & Money" and then selling advertisements.

  3. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Yeah, I guess I knew, Jonathan. I’ll ask my webmistress whether I should be annoyed.

  4. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Jonathan: My webmistress is now working on the problem.

  5. tzvee Says:

    i have problems like that – please could you let me know what your people come up with to resolve it?

  6. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Sure. She’s not sure what she’ll be able to do, but she’s working hard on it. I’ll let you know.

  7. jim Says:

    Ezra Merkin of Yeshiva fame is Daphne’s brother (didn’t Dornford Yates write a novel called "The Brother of Daphne"?)? Small small world.

  8. RJO Says:

    > You know someone is putting up the entire content of your blog up on another site called "Study & Money" and then selling advertisements.

    For people who may be interested, these are called scrapers:


    They’re completely automated, so no human is actually looking at the page and cutting and pasting. They are created to attract random web traffic in the hope of making money via advertising, or alternatively to set up a web of links (a "link farm") that all point to another site, thereby elevating that site’s ranking in Google and other search engines. It’s best to delete their automated comments — "comment spam" — either manually or through a blacklist (depending on your software). If their site displays Google ads you can report it to Google as a spam site and that will eventually get their advertising account deleted. As for copying all of your own content, there’s not a lot you can do unless you want to file copyright claims, and finding an actual person behind the scraper can be hard. But fortunately these sites generally last only a few months (after which others pop up to take their place).

    Every ecosystem has not only producers but also parasites (blog scrapers, football coaches, etc.).

  9. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Many thanks for that information, RJO, which I will send to my webmistress.

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