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Endless Summer

“Agamemnon, aggression, Agnew (Spiro), agnosticism, agreement (grammar), agribusiness, air pollution, air quality index, Akron, Ohio.” E.D. Hirsch, Jr.: Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know, c. 1987 This is a sample from a book-length list some guy put together to help culturally illiterate people catch up with their more educated fellows. Of course, cultural ignorance is hard to define, and snobby to even contemplate.…

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No Parents in the World are Wrong

“For a son to strike a parent was an offense punishable by decapitation, even if no injury was caused to the parent. But a parent could beat his son with impunity, and would suffer only the mildest of punishment if the son were to die. A parent could have his son punished by beating or banishment for drunkenness, laziness, gambling, disobedience, or almost any behavior…

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Pushing the Broom

  –“At certain periods a nation may be oppressed by such insupportable evils as to conceive the design of effecting a total change in its political constitution; at other times, the mischief lies still deeper and the existence of society itself is endangered. Such are the times of great revolutions and of great parties. But between these epochs of misery and confusion there are periods…

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Sensitive is the New Depressed

[flowplayer src=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/tiffanyladies1.m4v’ splash=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/bukows-key4.jpg’]   “A subject would leave at midday with a variety of goals—withdraw money from the bank, buy dinner supplies at the grocer’s, pick up laundry at the dry cleaner’s, and so forth. But, typically, if she arrived at the bank and found a long line, the woman would stand at the end rather than choosing to move on to the next task.…

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Babylon, the Great, Is Fallen

“Utter blankness, intolerable strain, shrieking despair, are just the essences they are, and they are unrolled and revealed to intuition like any other essences. But such intuitions, being those proper to the most brutal and rudimentary life, have a suasion in them out of all proportion to their articulation, or, rather, we might almost say, inversely proportional to it; as if the more an experience…

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never been frisked

[flowplayer src=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/wateroverthedam2.m4v’ splash=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/notequal.jpg’] “The fact that you may honestly believe that you are not biased against African Americans, and that you may even have black friends or relatives, does not mean that you are free from unconscious bias. Implicit bias tests may still show that you hold negative attitudes and stereotypes about blacks, even though you do not believe you do and do not want…

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the healthy oyster

  “How does a pearl develop in an oyster? A jagged grain of sand makes its way into the oyster’s shell and makes its life unbearable. The oyster exudes slime to cover the grain of sand and the slime eventually hardens into a pearl. The oyster nearly dies in the process. To hell with the pearl, give me the healthy oyster!” Bertolt Brecht, from the…

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a lucrative passion

[flowplayer src=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/whatwentwrong.m4v’ splash=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Screen-Shot-2013-06-05-at-11.09.56-AM.png’] “Throughout the day the doctor was conscious that the slightly dazed feeling that came over him whenever he thought about the plague was growing more pronounced. Finally he realized that he was afraid.” –Albert Camus, from The Plague   Someone wise once said the choices we make define us far more than our abilities. It may have been Harry Potter who said…

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before and after

Virtue and vice, or pleasure and pain are not my heritage, Nor sacred texts, nor offerings, nor prayer, nor pilgrimage: I am neither food, nor eating, nor yet the eater am I— Consciousness and joy incarnate, Bliss of the Blissful am I. Atma Satkam (Song of the Soul), from Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar I am looking at these people. They want me to…

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plays well with others

Some things to consider about communal living . . . How many people do you want around? On what basis will you select them? How will you support yourselves? How will each person have privacy? How will you deal with the government, with transient people, with runaways? How will you educate your children? How many dogs will you allow?   from Living on the Earth,…

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(red) carpet treatment

    “Stop on the Day of Reckoning space. Receive $24,000 per child and pay off any loans. If you have a lot of money, spin the wheel and move on toward Millionaire Acres. Otherwise, bet what you have on a number. Spin the wheel. If your number comes up, you win the game. If it doesn’t, you’re out, and the game continues.”   –Instructions…

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the big salad

[flowplayer src=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/timepassesmusicplays1.m4v’ splash=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Screen-Shot-2013-04-18-at-8.58.24-AM.png’] 8/20/94 SEINFELD “The Big Salad” #04-0602 THIS IS A TENTATIVE SCHEDULE ONLY. ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND DO NOT CONSTITUTE A “CALL” FOR ANY EPISODE OR DATE. THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 STAGE 9 PRODUCTION MEETING 11:00AM – 12:00PM TABLE READING 12:00PM – 1:00PM NOTES/REHEARSE 1:00PM – 2:00PM LUNCH 2:00PM – 3:00PM REHEARSE 3:00PM – 5:00PM FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 STAGE 9 REHEARSE…

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Swim Away

  [flowplayer src=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/turtles1.m4v’ splash=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Screen-Shot-2013-04-01-at-12.24.05-PM1.png’] “It was the eyes that got me,” Rayber said. “Children may be attracted to mad eyes. A grown person could have resisted. A child couldn’t. Children are cursed with believing.” from The Violent Bear It Away, by Flannery O’Connor   Ted knows what he is supposed to do, in order to fully live. He has known this for a long time. Call…

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who you know

  –Bill O’Reilly: Let’s get to Skull and Bones, because a lot of people have heard of that. This is a Yale thing. We know that George W. Bush and his father, President Bush, were both members. But this is like a fraternity, so what’s the big deal here? –Jim Marrs: That’s right. But if you look at the odds of this one fraternity fielding…

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I’m lazy and I don’t like work.

BD-3000 Luxury Droid: Maid of Metal “Nicknamed ‘Betty Droids,’ these graceful, gleaming mechanicals come in a number of bright colors. They serve wealthy owners as secretaries, butlers, and attendants on worlds such as Coruscant. Most Betty Droids are programmed to act like pretty, slightly dim girls in situations that fall out of their main functions. This annoys Republic citizens who note that the galaxy is…

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