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 Bronte4 Harry Potter series JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte=8 Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell=8 His Dark Materials Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations Charles Dickens11 Little Women Louisa M Alcott12 Tess of the d'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy13 Catch-22 Joseph Heller14 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 Salinger19 The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch George Eliot21 Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell22 The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald23 Bleak House Charles Dickens24 War and Peace Leo Tolstoy25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams26 Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh27 Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky28 Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck29 Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll30 The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame31 Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy32 David Copperfield Charles Dickens33 Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis34 Emma Jane Austen35 Persuasion Jane Austen36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe CS Lewis37 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernières39 Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh AA Milne41 Animal Farm George Orwell42 The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney John Irving45 The Woman in White Wilkie Collins46 Anne of Green Gables LM Montgomery47 Far From The Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy48 The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood49 Lord of the Flies William Golding50 Atonement Ian McEwan51 Life of Pi Yann Martel
52 Dune Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen55 A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth56 The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon57 A Tale Of Two Cities Charles Dickens58 Brave New World Aldous Huxley59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez61 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck62 Lolita Vladimir Nabokov63 The Secret History Donna Tartt64 The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas66 On The Road Jack Kerouac67 Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy68 Bridget Jones's Diary Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie70 Moby Dick Herman Melville71 Oliver Twist Charles Dickens72 Dracula Bram Stoker73 The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett74 Notes From A Small Island Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses James Joyce76 The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath77 Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal Emile Zola79 Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray80 Possession AS Byatt81 A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas David Mitchell83 The Color Purple Alice Walker84 The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro85 Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert86 A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry87 Charlotte's Web EB White88 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 Conrad92 The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery93 The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
94 Watership Down Richard Adams95 A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole96 A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas98 Hamlet William Shakespeare99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl100 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.
THE CUNNING OPTIMISM OF LANGUAGE
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.