He was just enough civilized to show off his outlandishness
in the strangest possible manner.
Case in point: In January, The Atlantic marked the midpoint of Trump's tenure with "50 Moments That Define an Improbable Presidency," ranked "according to both their outlandishness
and their importance." The former dominate the latter.
is exhibited by Estonia's Elina Nechayeva (top picture) as well, who sings "La forza" draped in a stage-encompassing dress and hits high notes followed by even higher ones, demonstrating her formal training as an opera singer.
"You don't even have to be in Nigeria to be confused as to why three Nigerians who live in Texas are competing in the sport of bobsled," Adigun said, referencing the outlandishness
of their Olympic dream.
When I think of human beings as paralleling the growth stages of an individual, it usually seems to me that the human race is between 8 and maybe 12 years old, still subject to predations and victimizations that distort or even destroy the likelihood of emotional maturity, still subject to jealousies and attacks to bolster one's ego, still all too easily bullshat into beliefs that are comforting and, in the degree of outlandishness
, a measure of just how much comfort some people need, which reflects back on the destructive nature of the way human beings do society.
As women in Baghdad queued to purchase plastic Christmas trees from China this year, the outlandishness
of the adoption of such a tradition in an Arab context was illustrated.
The prize for sheer outlandishness
may go to Angela Robinson's Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, with Luke Evans as the Harvard professor instrumental in the creation of both the polygraph and the Wonder Woman character.
(42) The comparison is apt, for More's classic comedic fantasy confronted the follies and injustices of sixteenth-century Europe not with the bitter and abrasive satire of a Juvenal (or for that matter a Swift) but with the milder wryness of a Horace and the playful outlandishness
of a Lucian.
Bacon wrote that "The contemplative atheist is rare," and that "none deny there is a God but those for whom it maketh that there is no God." (16) But D'Amville's very rarity (in much of the contemporary literature on atheism, it is presented as both an unthinkable reality and a pervasive threat) and the outlandishness
of his exchange with Borachio surely could awaken theatrical alertness and intellectual attentiveness rather than simply triggering moral alarm.
Even when the outlandishness
of what is shown onscreen marks it as another era's dream of the future (or of their own present, enhanced by a magical new machine), Dreams Rewired carefully conceals a key piece of the puzzle: Is it, for the characters in the story, a blessing or a curse--a dream, or a nightmare?
An unidentified reader is even more conscious of the unprecedentedly large audience for this "first bestseller" in which he risked being lost: "How Virtue would be indebted to you, Monsieur, if all your readers did you and your incomparable work the same justice as I do." (29) While the claims to personal closeness with the author--addressed as "friend" or "father"--have most struck commentators, the extent to which those claims are embedded in a sheepish sense of their presumptuousness or outlandishness
, reflecting awareness of the incongruity, is less noticed.