- Bill Nelson is sixty-six today. I always liked Be Bop Deluxe but I love his solo music more.
- While the Thanksgiving weekend is the slowest reading four days of the year, at least in my Stringtown Blegsylvania, now through the New Year are the slowest posting days of the year in Stringtown. It's not that I am not fishing for links - a look at the blogrolls show people are busy and not posting per usual. Which is to say, if there are fewer links provided here the next couple of weeks, I'm sorry to say you can't blame that suck on me.
- The End of the Fracking Bubble?
- Police Navidad.
- On Beefheart and Zappa.
- Tom McCarthy (for those of you who do) on fiction, realism, the real.
- Keeping it real.
- This should neither surprise or anger me but I'm stupid, it angers and surprises me. And pleases me: my final divorce with professional football is on the horizon. Fuck the Premiership.
- So yes, I need mention that DC United's quest for a new stadium has never seemed more obtainable. I gave up my season tickets: there will be no Fuck-Me-Jig, though when shovels break ground - and I've still doubts they will - I will admit I was wrong.
- Between the next two songs, updated bleggalgaze from yesterday. Click, yo.
MY MOTHER SENT ME
a text message
from her coffin.
It said, Glad
you're not here.
She's always doing
stuff like that. She says
it's to help me
savor my remaining
days. But I know
it's because I'm
the only one left
who hasn't changed
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ON THE SELECTION OF THOUGHTS
It is very important to select your thoughts—that is, the lines of thought that you will think along. People complain that they cannot think. The reason why is that they do not start from a thought or an idea. In order to think you must have a definite thought or idea. But these thoughts or ideas come to us as a kind of inflow and we can only select which to go with and which not to go with. For example, if you have a thought or an idea entering your mind, say, the thought that no one likes you, it is just as well not to think this. So you must understand that you may have a thought but not think it, just as you may have a sword in your hand and not use it.
When I left the Institute [for the Harmonious Development of Man] I went up to my Grandfather's Manse and read some of his theological books, in one of which it was said that a man is not responsible for his thoughts. I was astonished that among the Scottish theologians one could have such an emancipated idea put forward. It is exactly what the [Gurdjieff] Work teaches. You are not responsible for your thoughts unless you think them. And if you can see that the thought is false, you certainly will not think it—that is, follow it out to the conclusion to which it leads.
When you are negative you receive nothing but false thoughts—in short, evil thoughts. But although it is your fault possibly that you are negative, it is not your fault that these thoughts come to you, because they belong to that realm of the mind which is called Hell and from which we have to free ourselves if we are given the possibility of doing so.
Maurice Nicoll, Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, Volume 4, 1952
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