Sunday, January 28, 2007

I'm back.

I really like Geoffrey Nunberg. I just listened to him read an essay he wrote on the non-apology.

Basically, we know everything there is to know about non-apologies by the time we're seven: you make appropriately contrite noises, and then you go on to point to extenuating circumstances, disclaim any malign intention, and minimize the offense. As in, "Okay, I apologize. But he started it. And I was only kidding. And anyway, it was washable ink."

You can listen the whole thing here.

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