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Entries from June 2012

Not a thing

June 30th, 2012 · 4 Comments

“There is nothing to which the hearts of men and women cannot be driven by love.” – Virgil, Aeneid (trans. Humphries)

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Tags: The Ancients

Illusions of Identity

June 29th, 2012 · No Comments

“Since we live in the heads of those who remember us, we lose control of our lives and become who they want us to be.” – David Eagleman, “Metamorphosis” (from Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives)

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Tags: Lit & Crit

Only the young die good

June 28th, 2012 · 5 Comments

“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.  But those that will not break it kills.  It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially.  If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be […]

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Tags: Ernest Hemingway · Lit & Crit

Capital depletion

June 27th, 2012 · No Comments

“We never get anything.  We are born with all we have and we never learn.  We never get anything new.  We all start complete.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

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Tags: Ernest Hemingway · Lit & Crit

A manageable approach

June 26th, 2012 · No Comments

“Life isn’t hard to manage when you’ve nothing to lose.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

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Pitchin’ the fantod

June 25th, 2012 · 6 Comments

I gotta get rant-a-rific here for a few.  I just got off the phone with a major American airline which I won’t embarrass by naming outright, but if you like, you could say its name rhymes with benighted.  I was on the phone with them for a fucking hour trying to correct, or verify the […]

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Tags: Economics · Verandah

No hidden agenda

June 25th, 2012 · No Comments

“Everything is on such a clear financial basis in France.  It is the simplest country to live in.  No one makes things complicated by becoming your friend for any obscure reason.  If you want people to like you you have only to spend a little money.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

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Tags: Ernest Hemingway · Lit & Crit

And yes, never is a very long time

June 24th, 2012 · No Comments

“Never take counsel of your fears.” – Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson

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Tags: American Civil War · Lit & Crit

Further, too

June 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

“The difference between constructing a short story and constructing a novel is like the difference between building a rowboat and building a yacht: They both have to float, but one is bigger and grander and meant to carry more people farther.  Just as the yacht is not simply a bigger rowboat, the novel is not […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit

Pragmatic knowledge

June 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

“Enjoying living was learning to get your money’s worth and knowing when you had it.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

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Mount up!

June 21st, 2012 · No Comments

“Caffeine puts a man on her horse and a woman in his grave.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

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A call for blessings

June 20th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“May the corn-stalks grow as long as my stretches, and may the will of the Holder of the Roads of Life shelter me from dangers as he sheltered his children in the days of the ancients.” – “The Maiden the Sun Made Love to, and Her Boys,” Zuñi Folk Tales, Frank Cushing

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Tags: The Ancients · Zuni Folk Tales

Let that be a lesson

June 19th, 2012 · No Comments

“Perhaps had men been more grateful and wiser, the Sun-father had smiled and dropped everywhere the treasures we long for, and not hidden them deep in the earth and buried them in the shores of the sea.  And perhaps, moreover, all men would have smiled upon one another and never enlarged their voices nor strengthened […]

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Tags: The Ancients · Zuni Folk Tales

Form a line on the right

June 18th, 2012 · 4 Comments

“Doing right keeps right; doing wrong makes wrong, which, to make right, one must even pay.” –  “The Cock and the Mouse,” Zuñi Folk Tales, Frank Cushing

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Tags: The Ancients · Zuni Folk Tales

But we do it anyway

June 17th, 2012 · No Comments

“Remember that war is always a far worse muddle than anything you can produce in peace.” – Sir A. P. Wavell (quoted in Robert K. Krick’s Conquering the Valley)

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Tags: American Civil War · Lit & Crit

I do not know

June 16th, 2012 · No Comments

“Is it not well that even for a little time the light of life shine—though it shine through fear and sadness—than be cut off altogether?  For who knows where the trails tend that lead through the darkness of the night of death?” – “Atahsaia, the Cannibal Demon,” Zuñi Folk Tales, Frank Cushing

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Tags: The Ancients · Zuni Folk Tales

And at other times besides

June 15th, 2012 · No Comments

“You have to live with yourself to live by yourself.” – Eugene Marten, In the Blind

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Tags: Lit & Crit

Getting their priorities straight

June 14th, 2012 · 4 Comments

“Pretty girls care very little how their husbands look, being pretty enough themselves for both.  But they like to have them able to think and guess at a way of getting along occasionally.” – “How the Corn-Pests Were Ensnared,” Zuñi Folk Tales, Frank Cushing

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Tags: The Ancients · Zuni Folk Tales

Tail wagging or between his legs?

June 13th, 2012 · 6 Comments

“There are two kinds of laugh with women.  One of them is a very good sort of thing, and makes young men feel happy and conceited.  The other kind is somewhat heartier, and makes young men feel depressed and very humble.” – “How the Corn-Pests Were Ensnared,” Zuñi Folk Tales, Frank Cushing

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Tags: The Ancients · Zuni Folk Tales

More sugar!

June 12th, 2012 · 3 Comments

“A color-coded map of American personal indebtedness could be laid on top of the Centers for Disease Control’s color-coded map that illustrates the fantastic rise in rates of obesity across the United States since 1985 without disturbing the general pattern.  The boom in trading activity in individual stock portfolios; the spread of legalized gambling; the […]

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Tags: Economics · Michael Lewis

We export this stuff, too

June 11th, 2012 · 9 Comments

“It isn’t a problem with government; it’s a problem with the entire society.  It’s what happened on Wall Street in the run-up to the subprime crisis.  It’s a problem of people taking what they can, just because they can, without regard to the larger social consequences.  It’s not just a coincidence that the debts of […]

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Tags: Economics · Michael Lewis

A long position on short stories

June 10th, 2012 · No Comments

“There is no such thing as a riskless asset.  The reason an asset pays a return is that it carries risk.” – Michael Lewis, Boomerang

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Tags: Economics · Michael Lewis

Good cause, one would hope

June 9th, 2012 · No Comments

“Once—as was the case with many, if not all, of the animals—the Rattlesnakes were a people, and a splendid people too.  Therefore we kill them not needlessly, nor waste the lives even of the other animals without cause.” – “How the Rattlesnakes Came To Be What They Are,” Zuñi Folk Tales, Frank Cushing

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Tags: The Ancients · Zuni Folk Tales

It’s also known as “hallucinating”

June 8th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“When you borrow a lot of money to create a false prosperity, you import the future into the present.  It isn’t the actual future so much as some grotesque silicone version of it.  Leverage buys you a glimpse of a prosperity you haven’t really earned.” — Michael Lewis, Boomerang

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Tags: Economics · Michael Lewis

This has not changed (would you like to buy some Facebook shares?)

June 7th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“One of the hidden causes of the current global financial crisis is that the people who saw it coming had more to gain from it by taking short positions than they did by trying to publicize the problem.” — Michael Lewis, Boomerang

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Tags: Economics · Michael Lewis

Can’t hardly cross the street with all the traffic

June 6th, 2012 · No Comments

“It is hard to live above time.  The church bell sounds the hours and the neighborhood streets are trafficked with our pasts.” — Christine Schutt, “Winterreise”

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Tags: Christine Schutt · Lit & Crit

Venus was her name

June 5th, 2012 · No Comments

What that mote in Ol’ Sol’s eye?

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Tags: Verandah

Then we saw its face

June 5th, 2012 · 5 Comments

“A banking system is an act of faith: it survives only for as long as people believe it will.” – Michael Lewis, Boomerang

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Tags: Economics · Michael Lewis

Well, you know, we all wanna change the world

June 4th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“Revolutions develop the high qualities of the good and the great, but they cannot change the nature of the vicious and the selfish.” – Jefferson Davis, 1862 (quoted in Shelby Foote’s The Civil War: A Narrative)

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Tags: American Civil War · Lit & Crit

Slut for sleep, wakeful and to no avail

June 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

“One does not go to sleep, you had to let sleep come to you, you had to bescatter its path with samples of yourself, maybe just pellets from your thinking, and not be afraid to be a whore for it.” — Gary Lutz, “Womanesque”

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Tags: Gary Lutz · Lit & Crit