The Art of Tetman Callis

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February 24th, 2012 · 3 Comments

“A man cannot be a master artist if he lies to himself, settles for illusions.” — John Gardner, “The Temptation of St. Ivo”

Tags: Lit & Crit · The Granta Book of the American Short Story

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  • 1 Averil Dean // Feb 24, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Yes indeed. But I know someone who said it better, something about a mirror . . .

    So, I haven’t figured a way to smuggle the Santorum masterpiece into the conservative stronghold here at work, but I did put myself in charge of WOW, the Word of the Week. My choice for this Friday: liberal. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/liberal

    They’re gonna love it.

  • 2 Tetman Callis // Feb 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Minds will explode. Or they’ll batten down tight in the face of a storm of truth.

    You know, “liberal” means the same thing to the fearful ignorant haters that “commie” meant when I was a kid. That is, they don’t know what it means other than it is the label for something to fear and hate.

  • 3 Averil Dean // Feb 24, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I used to have a tee-shirt with the word liberal and its definition on the front. My son loved the shirt so much that he swiped it and wore it to his dad’s house for the weekend. He was made to take off the evil garment and hand it over–I never saw it again after that.

    Some people can only exist in a cloud of malice and self-righteousness, it’s like oxygen to them–or a hallucinogen, with all the cravings included.

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