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Month: January 2013

bright world

–This week Columbia University is mailing out to parents of freshmen a 27-page booklet, The Background of Student Unrest, which tries to calm fears about protests and demonstrations. Student activism “is a challenge to understanding, not an occasion for panic or for pessimism or for sweeping denunciations,” says Columbia. “After all, there are plenty of reasons around us today for anyone to be restless and…

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he’s there to keep it going

[flowplayer src=’’ splash=’’]   “‘I had to climb a mountain. There were all kinds of obstacles in the way. I had now to jump over a ditch, now to get over a hedge, and finally to stand still because I had lost my breath.’ This was the dream of a stutterer.” –from Joseph Campbell, Hero With a Thousand Faces   There is nothing more depressing…


noiseless soup spoon

  “Like the irate lady who appeared to Diane one night pulling a kiddy’s red express wagon trimmed with bells and filled with cats in fancy hats and dresses. Like the man in Brooklyn called the Mystic Barber who teleported himself to Mars and said he was dead and wore a copper band around his forehead with antennae on it to receive instructions from the…

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Genius Horn Sample

  “The number 1 exists. You can always count further by adding 1 more. No amount of counting will bring you back to 1 again.” –Peano’s axioms for the natural numbers Wendy was listening to the radio in the car with her son Charlie while she was taking him to school. Charlie wanted to listen to the Top 20, but Wendy just couldn’t bear it.…

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dogged again

Tenth month, 1753. 23. Indulgence in bed an hour too long. Twelfth month 17. An hypochondriack obnubilation from wind and indigestion. Ninth Month 28. An over-dose of whiskey. 29. A dull, cross, cholerick day. First month, 1757. 22. A little swinish at dinner and repast. 31. Dogged on provocation. Second month 5. Very dogged or snappish. 26. Cursed snappishness to those under me, on a…


Are you mad at me?

[flowplayer src=’’ splash=’’]   “My family says: “Don’t ever see him again!” And implies things in a low voice. But my eyes have their own life; they laugh at rules, and know whose they are. I believe I can bear on my shoulders whatever you want to say of me. Without the energy that lifts mountains, how am I to live?” from “All I Was Doing…

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Large Pearl

    “There is a life-sized bronze statue of Woody Allen in Spain. (fact) Onion comes from a Latin word meaning large pearl. (fact) There are more chickens than people in the world. (fact) The models for Rodin’s The Kiss were his parents. (crap) Venus spins in the opposite direction of all the planets. (fact)” taken from cards for the game Fact or Crap, c. 2009…

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