Daily Archives: February 27, 2011

This Week in Climate Change Denial


What the ice cores tell us, and how the deniers distort it.

Koch brothers’ effort to interfere in Canadian renewable energy initiatives here. (Their ubiquity is known as the “Kochtopus.”)

Greenpeace’s detailed 2010 report on their funding of global warming denial here.

The New Yorker‘s investigative report, including their ties to the Tea Party here.

Lord Byron

His Lordship looking very mad, bad and dangerous to know

Lord Byron made his first address to the House of Lords on this date in 1812.

Frye makes many more substantial references to Byron than this one in an interview with documentary filmmaker Harry Rasky, but the exchange is irresistible for his cheekily ambiguous response to a “prying” question.

Rasky: Was the phrase “history is the nightmare from which we’re all trying to wake up”?

Frye: That’s Joyce in Ulysses.  I think Byron said it more neatly when he said that history is the devil’s scripture.

Rasky: I wonder if it would be prying if I said, Does Northrop Frye talk to God?

Frye: Yes.

(CW 24, 871)