Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Scholar Mentions the War, the Problems of Pleasure, and Sips His Wine. This, a Condescending Sentence to Write

  • Rick Nielsen is sixty-six today. I love a third of Cheap Trick songs, meh another third, loathe the remaining third, they were on the daily soundtrack three decades ago, shoot me. That's today's monologue. I was going to post what I wrote about lunch yesterday with a friend and former poli/sci professor who specializes in American political culture, but (a) I need to think about it more (b) it's the weekend before Giftmas, I've things to do (c) it's the weekend before Giftmas, people have things to do and by and large aren't here (d) see this post's title and (e) the discussion turned to argument over less-shittism, neither changed the other's mind, fuck rehashing that, at least today.
  • Enacting Democracy.
  • Crony capitalism's power couple.
  • The coming drone attack on America.
  • Beware of criminal gangs.
  • Hey Joe, where you going with that gun in your hand?


Julie Carr

A novelist calls me brave for writing about violence. This seems a condescending thing to say. A scholar mentions the war, the problem of pleasure, and sips his wine. This, a condescending sentence to write. The tulips bow their heads. Ruskin: "All violent feelings have the same effect. They produce in us a falseness in all our impressions of external things, which I would generally characterize as the 'pathetic fallacy.'"

My baby wakes up and I am saved by the winds of chance, says the soldier on returning to his two-story home in Pensacola.

1 comment:

  1. And Fred Hiatt wrote his millionth editorial demanding Social Security cuts.