September 2008 Archives

I've always wanted to be between Walter Cronkite and Maureen Dowd.

300 Bob Dylan

Whole thing can be found here. It includes "Ring them Bells" from the Supper Club the night I was there.

Killing me that I can't listen because I have to write.

Watch this every day. At least once.
"It was a night when sorrow may come to the brightest without causing any great sense of incongruity: when, with impressible persons, love becomes solicitousness, hope sinks to misgiving, and faith to hope: when the exercise of memory does not stir feelings of regret at opportunities for ambition that have been passed by, and anticipation does not prompt to enterprise."

This is why reading Thomas Hardy takes so long. I hung out in this paragraph for ten minutes.

What's it called when you emphatically claim simple facts as if they're new wisdom?


 "Here we stand under this doorway. A doorway created for this door right here which was made not only for opening but also closing. A doorway, I should note, that our framers would have approved of because, well they were framers so they would have liked the frame but also because this doorway is here, on this, the anniversary of 9/11."


I've listened to this song a thousand times, both the original and the outtakes version available on iTunes, and I'm just now learning it's about Elvis. Slow to learn.

How would I have known earlier? The recorded version says "went to see the gypsy staying in a big hotel." The outtakes version (which I prefer) has that same line: "went to see the gypsy playing in a big hotel."
It's not going to change your life but the tidy little episodes of this canceled program are worth watching. Here's the IMDB entry for Wonderfalls.Wikipedia here.

From a la Sophia, DFW's syllabus for his Literary Interpretation class

Merlin Mann has a very good list that matches a good number of the rituals I've adopted for life on the road. I still can't seem to keep myself intact however. On this last trip I left behind a jacket and a favorite white shirt. Anyway, my list for dealing with life on the road:

* Pack one sanity saving device (candle for rooms that smell like death covered up by Lysol or a few bags of green tea).

* Pack an Ethernet cable.

*  Order three keys. Place one immediately in your briefcase.
*  Tape disposable list of "Don't forget" to back of room door. List includes (items in closet; items hung on back of bathroom door; chargers of all sorts). If you haven't packed don't forget list, write it on a 3x5 card.
* Collect all marketing material, fake plants, magazines, cardboard tends advertising flaming desert drinks at local bar and place them in closet.
*  Put keys, money, notebook, index cards, cell phone and everything else you must have on clean space nearest door.
*  Plug in and charge all devices

* Remove bedspread. It's the thing they never clean.

*  Unpack but only in you can trust yourself not to forget your clothes in the dresser

* Place laundry bag from inside closet in your suitcase for workout clothes.

* Before going to bed set as many alarms as you can (cell phone, in-room clock and wake-up call).

* Put mini- flashlight and shoes next to bed for middle of night fire drill.

* Wear pajamas. Even if you don't wear them at home you may find yourself outside your hotel room and you're not the only one who has slept in that room.

* Never watch Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. You'll never sleep for the guilt at having ordered it.

* Leave a tip for the maid.

* When you leave to check out always take your key. You'll need it when you have to go back to get whatever you've inevitably forgotten.

From Far from the Madding Crowd:

"George's son had done his work so thoroughly that he was considered too good a workman to live, and was, in fact, taken and tragically shot at twelve o'clock that same day--another instance of the untoward fate which so often attends dogs and other philosophers who follow out a train of reasoning to its logical conclusion, and attempt perfectly consistent conduct in a world made up so largely of compromise"

Almost every politician refers to Kennedy's moon shot when trying to frame a big and important initiative. I heard at least six candidates compare their plan for energy independence to Kennedy's famous declaration that America would put a man on the moon. So what did Kennedy refer to though when he wanted to make the same point? The Grand Coulee dam.

From the 1960 debate:

"Here in the United States, which developed the Tennessee Valley and which built the Grand Coulee and the other dams in the Northwest United States at the present rate of hydropower production - and that is the hallmark of an industrialized society - the Soviet Union by 1975 will be producing more power than we are."

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