Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Creel of Eels

  • New Eels song, album out in April.
  • I like Eels, they're on the comet rotation, every three, four years they appear for a week over my deserted island then....
  • I like the new song fine. After listens, it's not going to grow on me more.
  • This is true of all the new albums I buy now, all the books, all the new restaurants we try, today's clusterfuckal screaming jag.
  • UPDATE! I haven't been wrong for Love in ages. Is !
  • UPDATE! Serendipity is always Blessed.
  • Owl and Fox.
  • I'll buy the album, hoping at least one song is a comet.

  • True duh.
  • I am telling you three times, we are being reprogammed.
  • Think Jordi rewired by Romulans to kill the Klingon governor.
  • I am telling you three times how pissed I got yesterday with service interruption of my reprogramming, Comcast motherfuckers...
  • Coexistence.
  • On capitalist hegemony.
  • Dynamic positioning.
  • This, this is my biggest bitch with Franchise Next Gen - if Jordi's visor was used to program him by the Romulans, why didn't effing Picard order Jordi's visor inspected after he was captured by Lursa and Betor and the guy from Clockwork Orange? 
  • Mad as hell.
  • My future hell?
  • Marie Howe interview.
  • There's a new Yo La Tengo album in March!
  • They're at 930 on April 4 - I'd offer you a ticket, but you don't want it.
  • Dramamine.
  • He still hesitated. Prepare the equipment for another session.


Sylvia Plath

Clownlike, happiest on your hands,   
Feet to the stars, and moon-skulled,   
Gilled like a fish. A common-sense   
Thumbs-down on the dodo’s mode.   
Wrapped up in yourself like a spool,   
Trawling your dark as owls do.   
Mute as a turnip from the Fourth   
Of July to All Fools’ Day,
O high-riser, my little loaf.
Vague as fog and looked for like mail.   
Farther off than Australia.
Bent-backed Atlas, our traveled prawn.   
Snug as a bud and at home   
Like a sprat in a pickle jug.   
A creel of eels, all ripples.   
Jumpy as a Mexican bean.   
Right, like a well-done sum.   
A clean slate, with your own face on.


  1. I don't understand the moaning about a supposed bipartisan slide toward authoritarianism. That sounds like the very thing the Greenwald left wants—a leftist authoritarianism. That's why they hated Obama—he wasn't a strong-enough man; didn't command that his leftist leanings be enforced by fiat and was more concerned with preserving institutions and facilitating process.

    Am I wrong, but isn't liberalism precisely the antithesis to this slide—the focus on justice as fairness, on level political playing fields (i.e., institutions & process), and on equality of economic opportunity as opposed to, say, dictating class or interest outcomes at all levels and branches?

    1. Good question. In highly polarized politics, each side supports an authoritarian drift because (they believe) when they're in power, they'll have those dictatorial controls.

      If politics in America were exactly as advertised -- the struggle between a traditional Democratic Left and a traditional GOP Right (GOP) -- then the chance for big-L Liberalism to succeed in legislating fairness could be possible, and the results could be easily seen by any citizen.

      (BTW, the American Left publicly rejects the concept that it could be authoritarian. We're the 'good guys'.)

      But if the High School Civics Class view of politics is a fiction, then of course an authoritarian drift is "bipartisan", as national elected representatives and their party's machinery are on the same team. When authoritarian rule comes (as Huey Long, Big Duck of The South, is supposed to have said), it will be wrapped in an American flag: "Extraordinary times require exceptional measures", or "Peace Through Strength".

    2. Sorry; I forgot: all this is moot, understand. The authoritarian government that's coming won't survive the limited nuclear war. And more important -- If Gordy's visor isn't fixed, then he can't help Zephraim Cochran and the Enterprise can't defeat the cute Borg Queen and the Vulcans won't show for the all-night homebrew and Led Zepplin / Pink Floyd party in Montana. Just sayin'.