[W]hen George Plimpton [acting on behalf of the NEA] paid Aram Saroyan $1,500 for a poem consisting of a single misspelled word “lighght,” an Iowa congressional aide dared to ask the dilettantish Plimpton what the poem meant. “You are from the Midwest. You are culturally deprived, so you would not understand it anyway,” replied the [...]
Archive for June, 2007
The last half of the Chesterbelloc isn’t nearly as quotable as the first half, but if I had to pick the book with most quotables, it’d be The Path to Rome. “[I]f there is difficulty it is in the whole launching of a thing, in the first ten pages of a book, or the first [...]
My time away from a computer continues. Only two quick BYCUs today: 1. Drive Beer. Only 2.5% alcohol. MADD to endorse? 2. You put the 20-ounce cup under the tap but instead of pulling a lever, you press a digital key pad. ”Pfffffht,” goes the machine, jetting beer into the cup and topping it with [...]
Geilor von Kaysersberg, writing in the early sixteenth century, divided bookish folly into seven types: 1. The fool who collects books for the sake of glory. 2. The fool who wants to grow wise by the consumption of too many books. 3. The fool who collects books without truly reading them. 4. The fool who [...]
Hilaire Belloc, commenting on the 21st-century euthanasia debate: It is worth noting, by the way, that the most sentimental people, who are loudest against the right to wage a just war, to execute a criminal, are just the people who are most likely to be in favour of ‘putting incurables out of their pain,’ which [...]
A new blog site.
He says radical things in an appealing way. Most intriguing. I suspect he’s the best shot we’ve had in 75 years to get a new philosophy into federal government.
1,000 films to see before you die. I’ll be lucky to see 50 of them, but it’s a pretty neat list so far.
You don’t often see this type of candor anymore: I was sufficiently ebullient to consume half a bottle of brandy after dinner. On the way back from dropping off the babysitter I drove our car into the side of a telephone pole. My wife was already safe at home. I didn’t care. I was happy. [...]
“The Lord our God hates the slothful. None of those who are dedicated to God ought to be idle.” Anonymous (From Teaching of the Twelve Apostles)
“I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire.” St. Ignatius of Antioch
But America has no porn problem: Hard-core videos now cater to almost every conceivable predilection–and to some that are hard to imagine. There are gay videos and straight videos, bondage videos and spanking videos, tickling videos, interracial videos, and videos like Count Footula, for people whose fetish is feet. There are ‘she-male’ videos featuring transsexuals [...]