Last week, I called my Taki’s Magazine “Occam’s Rubber Room,” explaining:
About a decade ago, I coined the term Occam’s Butterknife to characterize the contemporary liberal insistence upon implausibly convoluted explanations.
But now that race man Ta-Nehisi Coates is back with a giant article in The Atlantic about “The Enduring Myth of Black Criminality,” I need a more all-encompassing term to describe this increasingly fashionable rejection of reality. Let’s try: Occam’s Rubber Room.
But now that it’s too late, I realize I should have used the “Ockham” spelling and contrasted it with H.P. Lovecraft’s Arkham, Massachusetts, home of the university that finances the expedition in At the Mountains of Madness. The Batman series then created Arkham Asylum, from which The Joker routinely escapes.
Oh, well …
UPDATE: A few hours after I posted this, TNC announced he has been signed by Marvel * to write The Black Panther comic book. Like I’ve been saying, TNC’s cognitive strengths run less to Ockham’s Razor and more to Arkham’s Rubber Room.
* Yes, I know Arkham Asylum is in the DC rather than Marvel universe.