“A reader sends along a copy of a breathless invitation that he received from Matthew Stadler, a Randy Gragg comrade in pretention and tortured artist-type gay author who puts together "presentations/symposia/bacchanals in Portland, Oregon, replete with food, drink, music, and general boisterousness garlanding the central pleasure of bright intellects voicing their excellent texts, winging it in conversation, and screening or presenting various textual and visual delights.”
“The media culture of pompous pretention is astounding to me.”
“The rationalistic approach is … characterized by the pretention to universality of its solutions, its intolerance of tradition and authority, quantification, simplification, and lack of flexibility.”
“Well, a reader has alerted me to a frame that's so devoid of marketing--indeed so devoid of any information whatsoever--that its very simplicity is the most offensive kind of pretention:”
“Isn't looking down on pretentious people it's own kind of pretention?”
“He has confidence and assurance in his credentials and accomplishments, not arrogance and pretention.”
“The analogies were humorous and what felt even more refreshing was the adult approach to explanation without having to maintain the pretention of proper decorum in giving it the crystal clear punch it needed.”
“Those who like pretention quickly realign their attentions, particularly with Anna Liu who is bat-like.”
“Death is final, and that finality strips away all pretention and opens a space for honesty with yourself, with others and, most importantly, with God.”
“It was without pretention, like some of the bigger names that showed this year.”
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