When we had been there half an hour or so, the case in progress--if I may use a phrase so ridiculous in such a connexion--seemed to die out of its own vapidity
, without coming, or being by anybody expected to come, to any resuIt.
These three, all in their late twenties, are lonely, disenchanted with the bland vapidity
of their everyday lives, and yearning for solidarity.
Not to do such work at all, is to surrender to the perils of ignorant assumption or facile vapidity
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The rise of populism in Poland and elsewhere is a reminder of the vapidity
of that idea.
Yet her measured arrangement of all the kitsch totems and pretensions that have come to stand in for a particularly lobotomized affect supposedly native to upscale subdivisions--a near-eugenicist obsession with fitness and cleansing, loungewear, yappy toy-dog breeds, and manicured pools, as well as an outmoded belief in the virtues of modernist singlefamily home architecture, all tastefully modulated by a feigned noir voyeurism--does not defamiliarize their surroundings so much as reinforce their vapidity
Due in part to his two opponents, now both largely forgotten--John Lindsay, "six-feet-three-inches of vapidity
," (a smoother version of the current mayor), and Abe Beame, "five-feet-five inches of banality"--the press corps increasingly focused on Buckley.
Napier argues, soundly enough, that Defoe shows class identity is performed and not intrinsic: Moll's actions at one point are "an expose of the hollowness of an easily assimilated code, a measure of her creator's amusement at the vapidity
of a class system that he has pronounced groundless" (49; see also 52.
Swann prattles on at a tempo more commonly associated with a Venezuelan football commentator, and silence is viewed as an opportunity to cram in even more vapidity
Corbyn's leadership, which prior to the general election had been criticised for doctrinal confusion, vapidity
and incoherence when it came to policy, is a potent force as a particular kind of representation of Labour's ethos--though Corbyn's is far from the only kind of ethos within the Labour movement.
(19) In Shakespeare's play, the advice is addressed to Laertes, while Polonius's instruction to Ophelia, "think yourself a baby" (1.3.114), suggests that Ophelia best enter into an infant-like mental vapidity
. In other words, Shakespeare's Ophelia is instructed not to have a "self" that she might be true to.