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Month: November 2012

dear art spiegelman

“Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.” –Samuel Beckett, as quoted in Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale, by Art Spiegelman     Dear Art Spiegelman, I just woke up from a nightmare, which was really just a silly dream about a fight I’m having with a friend. It shouldn’t have been a nightmare at all. But I was so upset that…

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Crying !con

[flowplayer src=’’ splash=’’]   “What can’t be said can’t be said, and it can’t be whistled either.” –Swami Rama Tirtha, quoted in Be Here Now     Guess what. These people are married. Guess what. These people are British, and married. Guess what. These people are British, and married, and one of them is having an affair. Guess which one? This is actress Maggie Smith in…

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why do you ask?

[flowplayer src=’’ width=640 height=360 splash=’’]   “the civil wars– and the uncivilized wars– conflagrations leap out of every poor furnace– the food cooks poorly, and everyone goes hungry– from then on it’s dog eat dog, dog eat body & body eat dog– i can’t go down there– i can’t understand it– i’m a no-good coward & an american too, a north american that is– not…

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We have to jump.

“Love is not blind; that is the last thing that it is. Love is bound; and the more it is bound the less it is blind.” –G. K. Chesterton    –-Remember when you told me you loved me the first time? Against the tree in Colorado? You were wearing a hat. –Of course I remember. –Now we are texting grocery items and fighting about pumpkin…


People Person

    “Mom used to scream that she couldn’t wait until I had children so I would know what hell was like. My grandma would put her arm around me and laugh.” –-Lynda Barry, from One Hundred Demons    Having babies, then children (grown-up babies): this is a people person’s job. It’s a relationship, you know, between you and each of your kids. People who…

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the spoon-fed ant heap

  “Ultimately, the criminal and the madman are pure objects and solitary subjects; their frantic subjectivity is carried to the point of solipsism at the moment when they are reduced for others to the state of a pure, manipulated thing, or a pure being-there without a future, prisoners who are dressed and undressed, who are spoon-fed. On the one hand are dream, autism, absence; on…

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That Hamilton Woman

[flowplayer src=’’ splash=’’]   “It is yearning that makes the heart deep.” Augustine   Starting in first grade, my younger brother played little league baseball. His team was the Reds. I did not play little league baseball. It was not offered to girls, not optional, not done. I remember being very bored at the games, but I entertained myself by picking hardened chewing gum off…

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First Bank Ever

     “I helped make Mexico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenue in. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers. . . . I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras “right”…

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teachable moment

  “time that has elapsed ⇒ elapsed time a leaf that has fallen ⇒ a fallen leaf a man who has traveled widely ⇒ a widely traveled man a testicle that has not descended into the scrotum ⇒ an undescended testicle a Christ that has risen from the dead ⇒ a risen Christ a window that has stuck ⇒ a stuck window the snow which…


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