July 13, 2010

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

At salons and soirees I sit
Like a mooncalf and speak not a bit...
As homeward I make my way,
L'esprit de l'escalier
Pours out on me oceans of wit.
- Bob at "Trousered Ape"

The most disturbing line in the Rolling Stone article that got Gen. Stanley McChrystal in trouble was this observation attributed to one of his senior advisers: "If Americans pulled back and started paying attention to this war, it would become even less popular." - E.J. Dionne

It keeps gnawing at the back of my mind: Is it possible to write a non-genre novel about people like the ones I know? People who live in suburbs and work at desk jobs and have lots of kids and drive minivans and go to church every weekend? Part of me feels like there's something wrong with one's life if it's not possible to write an interesting story about the sort of life one lives -- and yet given that story is founded on conflict, perhaps it's just as well. - Darwin Catholic, commenting on Betty Duffy's blog

Someone give me a good criticism: "You have to be willing to let bad things happen to your characters." I had more than a few bumpy rides by the time I was 15, and it makes me too protective of others in life and in my writing. - Nancy, commenting on BD's blog

I think one of the few things self-conscious “postmodernists” get right is the desire to efface distinctions between high culture and low culture. The distinction between “high” and “low”...too often boils down to judging an activity or an art object by which social-class level of people it attracts — which I think does a serious disservice to the object. If you listened to recordings of Ivor Novello or George Formby songs in Britain in 1935, you were most likely a working-class devotee of the music hall; if you listen to recordings of Ivor Novello or George Formby songs in New York today, you are most likely an upper-class aesthete. So are Ivor Novello and George Formby high culture or low culture? And why should we care? The important thing is to grasp and enjoy what they can do. Similarly, I personally think watching cars driving around in circles is one of the most boring activities imaginable. Does that mean I am an upper-class-wannabe snob, looking down my nose at the rednecks who like NASCAR? Or does it mean I’m a working-class rebel, seething with contempt for the Euro-elite who attend the Grand Prix at Le Mans? High or low — who cares? What’s important is that millions of people have a joy in auto racing that I don’t share; it’s something I don’t “get,” and I am the poorer for it. - Mike Potemra on "The Corner"

My son thinks that Manual Labor is the name of a Spanish poet. - - father of Dylan of "Dark Speech" circa 1990

It felt like a moral failing however to let my kids watch "Back to the Cretaceous" for the third time in as many days, because it's our only non-skipping DVD. - Betty Duffy

Don't hesitate to be as revolutionary as science. Don't hesitate to be as reactionary as the multiplication table. - Gov. Calvin Coolidge (R-MASS) in 1914

All created things have voices and Alleluia is their song. - Paschal Botz, OSB, in "Runways to God: The Psalms as Prayer" (Collegeville, 1979), p. 337, comment on Psalm 148 via Dylan

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