Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I Have These Minutes, All These Chances to Fail, I Must Be Many Lightbulbs

Serendipity and laziness, I was gonna whack at wikileaks and my complicity again, but no thanks, I'll just let Drebin capture the zeitgeist.

  • UPDATE! Telling the truth.
  • Who's next? I wonder what Assange spends on bodyguards and security.
  • UPDATE! If this be treason.
  • Leaking venom
  • UPDATE! American legal logic and treason.
  • Order and coercion.
  • UPDATE! Rude awakening.
  • No way, José
  • UPDATE! In defense of Wikileaks: The careerists scattered about the world in America's intelligence agencies, military, and consular offices largely operate behind a veil of secrecy executing policy which is itself largely secret. American citizens mostly have no idea what they are doing, or whether what they are doing is working out well. The actually-existing structure and strategy of the American empire remains a near-total mystery to those who foot the bill and whose children fight its wars. And that is the way the elite of America's unelected permanent state, perhaps the most powerful class of people on Earth, like it.
  • Why the sudden urge for civility
  • UPDATE! Assclown or fuckstick? Does it matter?
  • A question of eternal and immutable principle.
  • In which James Fallows becomes a Conservative.
  • UPDATE! Will Krugman ever have his obamapostasy?
  • Working together.
  • Book Snob's 100 (what I've read in blue):
1 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
=8 Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell
=8 His Dark Materials Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations Charles Dickens
11 Little Women Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the d'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
13 Catch-22 Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare William Shakespeare
15 Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis
34 Emma Jane Austen
35 Persuasion Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernières
39 Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh AA Milne
41 Animal Farm George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney John Irving
45 The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies William Golding
50 Atonement Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi Yann Martel
52 Dune Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
62 Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
72 Dracula Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
94 Watership Down Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
100 Les Misérables Victor Hugo
  • Most read for school, especially the 19th century and kids-lit. 
  • I was telling a friend yesterday that I can't read anything now (I got to page 50 of The Man in the High Castle and can't read another page; I got to page 100 of Molloy and...) but poetry now. Which is not a bad thing, just interesting.
  • UPDATE! Maybe it's time I reread Ishiguro again.
  • On reading.
  • On reading.
  • UPDATE! On the above.
  • Poetry anxiety.
  • UPDATE! NME's top albums of 2010.
  • Coma summer.


      Bob Hicok

      She made me Overlord of the Sewers.
      It was a quiet ceremony before bed, consisting of,
      you are Overlord of the Sewers. I'm unsure
      what my powers are, though clearly absolute,
      I thought as we kissed good night. Waking
      in this state, I found coffee tasted the same.
      I've left a note to my underlings: make
      everything better. I'm particularly curious
      about raisin bread. How can raisin bread
      be improved? Not the cheap shit
      but the good stuff. This is love, I tell you,
      the random bestowal of a title. Anything else
      is fraudulent. Now you have something, sort of
      like a tag, by which to gauge is your love is real.
      As our beds will tell you, do not remove the tag
      under penalty of law. Such stern cops, our beds.
      Go to sleep, they tell us, make love, they tell us,
      die. If your lover make you Overlord, don't ask,
      of what? These are one-time offers, I fear,
      just as the lightbulb that burned out
      late nights gets one chance to fail.
      I have these minutes, all these chances to fail,
      I must be many lightbulbs. It's well-lit
      except in the corners, this life.


      1. What a wonderful and entertaining man. Surely, these are outstanding tribute selections.

      2. All hail Leslie & link thanks, sir.

        Re: glut of books & verse, variation on the theme of "too much music." One must deal with the opposites of easy access/surplus, thus where do you start? I say there's nothing wrong with the old ways, word of mouth; blind, stumbling luck, the randomness of finding something new. Sure, we might miss out on something "good," but hell, that's all but a given.