Free State Ireland by its very nature, surmised O'Faolain, resisted the writing of novels: 'In such an unshaped society there are many subjects for little pieces, that is for the short-story writer; the novelist or the dramatist loses himself in the general amorphousness, unthinkingness, brainlessness
, egalitarianism and general unsophistication' (The Dilemma, pp.
The name Rerun, according to Berry, referred to the character's brainlessness
: In the summer, he had to rerun all the classes he failed during the school year.
And short of complete brain-fade, the disease that ails most boy racers with too much bravado and brainlessness
for their own or anybody else's good, the car is the embodiment of safety-fast.
The attachment to the idea of attainable objective "truth" on the part of American journalism is partially responsible for its frequent brainlessness
. As NYU's Jay Rosen points out, "objectivity as a theory of how to arrive at the truth is bankrupt intellectually....
In her study of New England court clerks, Barbara Yngvesson (1988, 444) observed that preliminary hearings "became arenas where particular notions of order are articulated and reinforced: concepts of the good neighbor, the responsible parent, or the brainless `down-street' person; ideas about vicious and everyday behavior; and beliefs about the kinds of settings where brainlessness
, threats, and other behavior are tolerated by the court."
Most of us were outraged by what we took to be the brainlessness
of the judge or case-worker or lawyer--not to mention the birth parents--who made misery of these children's lives.
He felt he had so much insight now into his essential brainlessness
that he was really quite smart about that" (201-2).
However, an anticapitalist stance is no evidence of brainlessness
. If their thinking was truly unoriginal, these women might have reasoned as Lehrman (along with most politicians, editorial writers, US citizens) does, solipsistically conflating capitalism with the democratic politics and civil libertarian legal culture that make her relatively "free." No doubt the mainstream social science she learned in college nurtured Lehrman's pro-capitalist biases.
Oh, and Olivier Giroud had been sent off for brainlessness
in Zagreb three days earlier.
The genre won't go away; just that kitschy brainlessness
will have to be packaged stylishly.
The Al-Badr assailants killed most of them just two days ahead of Pakistani defeat visibly to expose the newly emerged Bangladesh to a state of brainlessness
We would, I feel, not be in this mess if we were permitted to use the word "brainfulness' as well as 'brainlessness
EARLIER this week I heard former Chelsea midfielder Andy Townsend bravely cohosting a radio phone-in which was truly compelling in its brainlessness
(1986): Mindlessness and brainlessness
But fundamentalisms are at heart authoritarian, and worse, encourage the brainlessness
of the obedient foot soldier.