I don't like his puerility
, his petulance or his play-acting.
As described by colonial psychiatrists, Algerian natives are characterised by a more or less complete absence of volition and reflection--by their 'credulity' and 'persistent obstinacy', a 'mental puerility
' that is 'always impulsive and aggressive', etc.
He argued instead that the decade should have been seen as continuous with its predecessor: "There is plenty of evidence that the puerility
of the 1960s (for that is what it was) existed already in the 1950s: the increasing influence of the pictorial imagination, for instance--especially embodied in television--or in what happened to popular music."
Les Waters, who first directed the play at Berkeley Rep, has an agreeably light touch that allows the comedy to milk every ounce of naughtiness without tipping over into puerility
On the other hand, the rise of the Intelligent Design and the fact that, despite its scientific puerility
, the movement has made significant inroads into culture means that "our" psyche might just as well respond with fear and revulsion to the open-endedness of history.
Given Longinus's admonition, 'evil are the swellings, both in the body and the diction, which are inflated and unreal, and threaten us with the reverse of our aim', that is 'puerility
', rather than sublimity (78), we might think that Walpole set out to flout classical rhetorical guidelines, considering his claim that 'I have composed it [the novel] in defiance of rules, of critics, and of philosophers'.
For all their surface vagaries and dips into puerility
, there's a breakthrough when we talk about the dreaded comparisons to more danceable acts.
"But in the case of 'The House of the Dead: Overkill', a little puerility
was the order of business," added Burroughs of the game, which is published by Sega.
Given that puerility
may stand in discursive opposition to manhood, and "immature" behavior is by convention considered ethically suspect, can or should we discuss such culturally validated, even romanticized, notions as male "acting out," "protest," "rebellion" and "restlessness" as pertinent, or indeed indexical, to what is called masculinity, to what is called immaturity, or (alluringly) "both"?
As well as heightening the religious polemic, A Brefe apologye also demonstrates that, despite the puerility
of much of the exchange, the contributors to the Smyth-Gray controversy included educated men who were not averse to flaunting their erudition in these otherwise low-grade publications.
That is, what we really want is a new "democratic sovereignty to moderate market anarchy and market monopoloy," or "new forms of global civic governance" to battle "puerility
, market chaos, and unrewarding private freedom" (pp.
of this procedure is so obvious that not a word need be said about it.