I do like being harangued by smart people good at haranguing, but remember: people elected Obama not to end war and torture, they elected him to wage war better and get torture off the news and out of the public consciousness.
This isn't to damn the moral berserkers. I read the berserkers, post the berserkers, admire the berserkers, aspire to be a berserker, but I think lost in the preemptive Obamabashing in the midst of a bleg recession is that for a majority of Americans, if Obama has a relatively uneventful first administration in which no new public relations disasters further damage Brand America, he'll be a raving success.
THE CASTLE IN THE MOUNTAINS
I brought a stomach flu with me on the train.
I spent the night curled up in pain,
Agonizing cold and rather miserable.
I went out for a walk earlier today:
Snow started falling
Like big cotton balls this morning
And the park looks beautiful.
I will try to eat tonight: steamed cauliflower.
You would love it here.
It is quite nice somehow.
You would like the Emperor.
Some days the joy is overpowering.
The last time I was here,
He told a story.
It was Christmas.
Snow kept falling.
The Emperor held his hand up for silence and began.
His fingernails have perfect moons, which is quite rare.
You hardly see it anymore, I wonder why.
The Emperor began:
"Prehistoric insects were
Flying around brainless
To add more glory to the infant Earth.
Instead of horrible they were huge and beautiful,
And, being angels, were invincible.
Say the Name, and the angel begging with its hand would
Instantly expand upward
To be as tall as the building..."
The ruthless raw odor of filth in an enclosed space,
And the slime tentacles with religious suckers,
And the four heads on one neck like the four heads carved on Mt Rushmore,
Hold out a single hand.
Hold out your hand.
Take my hand.
- India is a travel bargain!
- HRC foodfight!
- Blogoverlord asks, why no DC statehood? Long years ahead, mofos.
- Blogoverlord asks the obvious. Long years ahead, mofos.
- I'm not convinced blegging isn't self-abnegation.
- Silber,provocative always.
- Ben Olsen confirms he does not ready this bleg.
- I. Hate. Christers. With all my soul.
- If Capital One razes every single one of these in Moco
- Earthgirl didn't vote to forgo the 5%.
- When reading 2666, think about this article in today's Post about drug violence, some of it about Ciudad Juarez, 2666's Santa Teresa.
- Speaking of 2666 (I vouch!), it's one of NYT's ten best books of year.
- A contemplation on year end lists.
- MacKaye, not McKay, and a Fugazi youtube.
- For whoever mentioned The Mountain Goats wherever I read it. (h/t Rake)
- Air France. Start with Collapse Your Day.
Writing about literary journals, Andy at Lit Now says
Or because they’re (lit-journals) funded by a university, which funnels them tuition revenues in exchange for a publication that looks academic-literarish on student lounge coffee tables (”This must be a serious school - my tuition dollars are buying a real education!”) and runs pieces by MFA grads (”Look - MFA grads get published! It makes sense to get an MFA!”), which MFA grads can then cite such publications as quasi-peer-reviewed, enabling them to… get a job teaching in an MFA program. (h/t Dan)
I cannot think of MFA programs without thinking of Raymond Carver and what he's meant to MFA programs everywhere. His family should get half of all MFA tuition money.
I have a friend who teaches MFA badgers, ga-ga-ga and blind, who takes the money and runs. She's not proud but she has a nicer car than me. xoxo.
Your daily reads should include Uni-Watch because you like uniforms, O yes you do.
Click to enlarge. That's the Steelers AWESOME uniform in 67-68, deemed so sucky it was abandoned after only one season.
Uniforms? Read this:
Yes, this Paul Fussell, English majors.