Modern Culture07 Dec 2008 01:19 pm
A new edition of The Intellectual Devotional, this time with a focus on Modern Culture, is now in stores! (Click here to order your copy.) As well as continuing to expand on posts from the General Edition, “The Devoted Intellect” blog will introduce and expand on material from the Modern Culture devotional. Today’s entry on O. J. Simpson is from the “Pop” section.
The Turkish Culture edition of the The Intellectual Devotional hasn’t been released (or, well, slated) yet, but here’s a story worth knowing. A standard character in Turkish folk stories is the preacher Nasreddin. One story has Nasreddin going to the Turkish baths and receiving horrible service: dirty towels, cold water, inattentive attendants. As he left, Nasreddin gave a huge tip. The next time he showed up, he (predictably) received top notch service: the attendants were quite attentive this time around. Expecting an even bigger tip, they got a paltry sum this time. They protested, and Nasreddin explained: “Ah, you see, the big tip was for the service today; this tip is for the last time I was here.”
Today’s topic in the Modern Culture edition is O. J. Simpson. The details of Simpson’s last trial are well known, and many were dissatisfied when he was let free. Recently, Simpson was involved in a bizarre robbery in Las Vegas. This time, and just yesterday, he was sentenced to between 9 and 33 years in prison; it’s likely that he’ll serve the full term. Is the jury following Nasreddin’s lead? This sentence seems to be for the last time he was in court.
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