April 06, 2010

Spanning the Proverbial Globe to Bring You
the Constant Variety of Posts

Nature abhors a vacuum: The Church got rid of devil's advocates, but we still have the New York Times! - Tom of Disputations tweet

Listening to the media, one gets the impression that New England's floodwaters would abate, and the Bruins would win a Stanley Cup, and the national debt would be erased -- if only "the Vatican" would ordain women and drop the celibacy requirement. - Dylan of "dark speech upon the harp"

Gaga's hypersexuality defined through skinny pubescent bodies is tedious, predictably destructive of female self-esteem and male female-esteem. And I maintain her hip ugly head-do is a manifestation of the male-gaze gone openly necrophilic. - blogger at "Mildred's Umbrella" on Lady Gaga

There is no doubt a sense - that of the American Declaration of Independence, the supposedly self-evident truth that all men are created equal - in which everyone is important simply by virtue of drawing breath; but of course this kind of importance is not sufficient for the self-esteemist, who derives no comfort from it whatsoever. What he needs is to be more important than someone else in order to have his self-esteem. Nor is it sufficient that he should be more important than somebody else only in his own eyes, because we are all more important in our own - Theodore Dalrymple

I think it's wise not to live-blog vacations, because every post would be a clever variation on "These kids are driving me crazy!" Whereas in retrospect, we can now say that everything went smoothly. And that we wish we had more days of vacation, which we certainly did not wish as we pulled into our driveway at 11:30 PM two Saturdays ago...A long car ride with your spouse is the ideal time to plan out the rest of your life together, especially since none of the plans require concrete action at that moment. - Mrs. Darwin Catholic

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Seas, sailed by little Ahabs,
Each cursing his whale. - haiku by Bob of "Trousered Ape"

In Still Life with a Bridle, Zbigniew Herbert includes “Letter,” an essay in the form of an imaginary letter written by Vermeer to his friend Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, the Delft lens grinder, inventor of the microscope and pioneering microbiologist. Herbert has Vermeer question van Leeuwenhoek’s reductive approach to science, verging on pure materialism. The painter writes: “Our task is not to solve enigmas, but to be aware of them, to bow our heads before them and also to prepare the eyes for never-ending delight and wonder.” ...A writer of sophisticated realism renders enigmas – that is, human hearts and minds – without presuming to solve them like differential equations. They are not reducible to simpler forms. - blogger at "Anecdotal Evidence"

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