Friday, August 27, 2010

THE TOWN OF PROVIDENCE


In the early Colony, tolerance was neither needed nor practiced; dissent led to exile. Of course, after 400 years or so, even in this vast country, you run out of land.

Friday, August 20, 2010

AMERICAN ETHICS 101 (TO SALLY HEMINGS)

In the enduring debacle surrounding the planned Muslim community center in lower Manhattan, this quote from Thomas Jefferson (from his Notes on Virginia) is suddenly all the rage amongst the tolerant:

But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

One could marvel at the percept, even draw inspiration from it, if it didn't so blatantly expose the bitter roots of America's ethics, especially in the light of its (and Jefferson's) Very Own Original Sin, which Sin's fruits fattened their pockets quite a bit.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

NOW, THIS IS UNEXPECTED

I hand the first page of Omega Minor to the appropriate authorities, and out comes this:


I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!


Then I hand them the last page, and this is their wise pronouncement:


I write like
Anne Rice

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!






Monday, August 16, 2010

ANOTHER SENTENCE

If, as Vonnegut once said, there is a ceiling to human thought, then we as a nation are hunkered down in the crawl space underneath the house, cornered by an unfathomable fear for, well, who-knows-what?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

LA LIBRE BELGIQUE

Here's La Libre's review, in French.

Plongée dans l’enfer du Mal, now doesn't that sound better than dunked into the hell of Evil?

(Speaking of which -- Claro's new novel, Cosmoz, is out soon, and I can't wait.)

Monday, August 2, 2010

A SENTENCE

When you remove yourself far enough away from the daily bang and clatter of American politics, what else is there to hear but the low soft hum of constant sorrow?