The Nose: Originality, Subarus and Sexuality, Anonymity, and Grand Exits

Jan 3, 2014

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Today on The Nose, we'll talk about this relatively insignificant bit of Rush Limbaugh peevishness, and the degree to which each of us thinks he or she has (informally speaking) patented something: a word, a phrase, a style we've made our own.

Also, Adam Platt's decision to dispense with the fiction that he, as a restaurant critic, is anonymous. It's not exactly the same as claiming to create, but Platt is talking about the anxiety of influence in a different way. How can one do "pure" work? 

Meanwhile, we're likely tackling Chris Kluwe's much-publicized exit from and denunciation of the Minnesota Vikings. (That ties in, for me, with the dismissal and reinstatement of Duck Dynast Phil Robertson.) I also thought it might link to this piece in the Times about anti-disparagement clauses. And if Kluwe's correct -- if he really got bounced for his views -- it's kind of fascinating to compare that to Subaru's courting of lesbians.

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  • Irene Papoulis teaches in the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric at Trinity College.
  • Jim Chapdelaine is a producer and musician.
  • Tracy Wu-Fastenberg is the Director of Development at The Mark Twain House and Museum.