Tuesday, December 27, 2005

A drunken post for jason, dave and todd

Thorstein Veblen died of a heart disease in 1929 in Menlo, California. (Very close to Stanford!)

Although he did study at Yale and Cornell, his observances of the leisure class were probably divided between New England, New York and Chicago.

Here's one exciting part of Veblen's life:

'Veblen was offered an appointment [of] associate professor for 1906/07 [at the U of C], but his gruff manner and unconventional personal life garnered notoriety. The Chicago administration forced him out in Dec., 1906 for flagrant marital infidelities. His reputation suffered because of "landfill of lies and half-truths" depicting him as an irredeemable womanizer and lady-killer whose unconventional views on equality made him irresistible to women; unable to attain positions worthy of his brilliance because his wife Ellen blackened his name.'

Source: The Veblenite

Other than that, his biography is fairly boring but that's ok -- The Theory of the Loser Class is pretty much all about Star Wars, shoplifting, and binary code.

5 comments:

Davey said...

Oh, Veblin. I thought you guys were talking about Vel-Johnson--Reginald Vel-Johnson, star of "Family Matters." I just assumed Urkel gave him a heart attack and I was not listening to anything you guys were saying about the terrible fate of the bougeoisie. My bad! Oh, Urkel, you're such a klutz.

asthma_boy said...

Reginald Vel-Johnson also died in a cabin in Menlo, California.

jason christie said...

it makes me lonely.

asthma_boy said...

Family Matters should make you realize that you are not alone...

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