Wednesday, January 23, 2019

These Days I Don't Taste Good

  • Can a translation be a masterpiece?
  • Can I ever stop knotting viz reading Proust in translation, no
  • I felt zero impulse to buy anything at Politics & Prose Monday past, poetry or fiction
  • I never read (past tense) to escape but reading now like fleeing so my reading sucks
  • Tipping point tipped re: Earth
  • but Proust in translation
  • I was right about the martyrdom of the Catholic school shits, wrong this story would be done by today.

  • Above by davidly!
  • The same subjects appear.
  • I know by my eyelids when lung bug imminent
  • Earthgirl got it first, I knew not if but when until last night: my eyelids told me
  • The Catholic school shits parents will never spend a dime on their shit sons' college, the shit son's will have jobs waiting when they finish college, the smirking fuck starts his gig on CNN this Saturday and his regular Sunday NYT opinion column the Sunday after that
  • Earthgirl says whoever gets lung bug first gets lung bug worse, I hope she's right
  • Progress and the demented search for historical purity
  • Listening to DC's news-radio on work-drive ads for Jiffy Lube, a hot read, Mr Jiffy Lube
  • hi honey (jinxed me, light lung bug eyelids)
  • yes I got the oil changed, some squeaky fuck who owns a roofing company, the guy
  • begging you please let me caulk your bathtub
  • Politics & Prose, I need buy nothing
  • I've zillions cubed infinity pages I will never read I
  • never came slightly close to impulse buying....
  • Kaiser Permanente's boutique professional voiceover antique
  • I have never heard of Padraic Fiacc nor read his poetry or can vouch for anything about him, but here's a life.
  • New GbV below!
  • Blocking Amazon is impossible.
  • I bought a new lighthouse cobalt blue quad tablet, 4x4 not 5x5, but, my first rule of no rules: I can only write in it when I can't type and as long as I hate thumbing my phone
  • how's this post
  • Next January ask me, I begged my Kamalahillaryite Colleague yesterday over coffee


  1. how's this post

    no problemo

    the martyrdom of the Catholic school shits

    Kaiser Permanente's boutique professional voiceover antique

    i am in kp's medicare advantage plan - it seems to me the best option available within my price range - they have integrated care - physician, lab, imaging, optometry, audiology, pharmacy all in same building, all info in same computer system - a plus

    they don't work very hard to get you to immunize yourself if the vaccine is expensive - e.g. shingles - you have to ask, they don't urge you to get it - a minus, in my view, but as the saying goes 'keep the customer satisfied' - a version of don't ask, don't tell - if they don't ask for an expensive vaccine, don't tell them they might be better off getting it

    Kamalahillaryite Colleague

    michelle goldberg of the nytimes had an oped piece about why it would be nice to have a woman defeat trump in 2020

    she wrote, in part, "The chameleon-like Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, is also running; she’s a onetime darling of the Sanders left who now says Democrats need to compromise more with Trump."

    my comment was published there

    I read the news story Ms. Goldberg linked to about Tulsi Gabbard, after pointedly not mentioning her as among the PLAUSIBLE women candidates. It said that Rep. Gabbard thought that the Democrats are partly responsible for the shutdown impasse. In some circles, an opinion like this is probably heretical. However, speaking as a Bernie Bro who hasn't yet decided on a candidate this time, to me it doesn't seem very far fetched.

    my comment got 2 recommended votes - so someone else agreed with me - but only one someone

  2. same subjects

    which i interpret as referring to the aargh in general, including all involved in the production and distribution of dairy products [a reference to 'blessed are the cheesemakers' from The Life of Brian]

    in today's Financial Times, Martin Wolfe writes from a transnational perspective

    Erica Frantz of Michigan State University sheds a bright light on the ways of contemporary authoritarians in a short book, entitled Authoritarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know. This illuminates two main points. First, nowadays, the most common way for authoritarian regimes to emerge is by eating out democracy from within, rather as the larvae of some wasps eat out host spiders. Such processes make up close to 40 per cent of all contemporary collapses of democratic regimes. Second, these new regimes often take what the author calls “the most dangerous form of dictatorship”: personal (or “personalist”) rule....

    They assert that the traditional elite is corrupt and incompetent. They insist that experts, judges and the media are to be distrusted. Voters should trust, instead, in the intuition of the leader, a living embodiment of the people. Such arguments also justify the repression of “enemies of the people”, making genuine democracy impossible....

    The machinery of democracy survives, as the midterm elections in the US proved. Nevertheless, in many countries, populists with authoritarian tendencies are on the edge of power. For this, the failures of existing governing and commercial elites — their indifference to the fate of large parts of the population, their greed and incompetence, demonstrated so clearly by the unexpected financial crises in the US and Europe — are heavily to blame. Cynical politicians, able to lie as easily as they breathe, make progress in populations already cynical about those in charge. Their supporters may or may not believe that the new leader has the answers. But they have become convinced that the old ones do not. The difficulties into which Emmanuel Macron has fallen in France suggests this powerful dynamic remains fully in place.

  3. Der Pinkler Noch Einmal!: Beloved West German radio series (1952-1965) and television program of the same name (1966 - 1989) primarily set in postwar West Berlin, about Lothar Murrenkopf, cost accountant (Arnulf Schröder). Unbeknownst to his wife, Gretel (Loni Heuser), Lothar has shameful urges involving public benches in the Tiergarten. West Berlin's efficient police, personified by Kriminal-Kommissar Horst Weissleute (Karl Otto Alberty), are determined to bring Der Pinkler to justice for his crimes.

    The majority of the 97 radio episodes and twenty-one television seasons revolve around Lothar's near-apprehension by the Polizei at the park benches, and the bizarre or barely legal money-making schemes of his clients in the Divided City.

    A 1967 feature film with the television cast, "Der Pinkler Im Urlaub" (Pinkler On Holiday) did modestly well at the European box office, followed by Nach Dem Pinkler! (After The Pinkler) in 1969.

    In the television program's final episode in December, 1989, the Berlin Wall comes down and German reunification begins. Lothar is cured of his bladder affliction and confesses his strange urges to long-suffering Gretel, who forgives him. After 38 years of dogged investigative work, Krimi-Kommissar Weissleute finally identifies Lothar as Der Pinkler -- but in the euphoria of the moment, only issues him a citation for loitering.

    The program won numerous awards in its 38-year run, including the inaugural 1987 Prix Europa in the category 'Best Television Comedy Without A Dog or Small Child'.

    1. Well, Scheiße, I should just let you re-write the damn thing because I can't seem to get anywhere with it and yours is a lot funner than mine.

  4. i have heard of the author daniel pinkwater, whose surname is obviously an adaptation of pinkwasser - in reading about him i discovered the story of 'the rabbit and the pineapple' - an adaptation of his story 'the rabbit and the eggplant'

  5. see also