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Category: rope-a-dope (“love”)

Level Her Off

    “Just because a cat has her kittens in an oven, you don’t call them biscuits.”   –Vicki Lane, Art’s Blood     There was this man I used to know, I want to call him a guy, but he was more of a man to me than a guy, and he appeared to be very smart. He wore glasses, he was a lawyer,…

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The Protest is Staged

“It’s a completely unnavigable river, always empty, because of its irregular course and its sand bars. In France, the Loire is considered a very beautiful river, especially because of its light . . . so soft, if you only knew.” Marguerite Duras, from Hiroshima Mon Amour       What she is saying is . . . she wants a war. She has no respect…


the crazy angle

  “There was nothing in sight but woods, and Billy began to be worried. Which way was the road? When he looked for the sun to find what direction he should go, he saw that the sky had become very dark and stormy. It looked very strange, and he was a little frightened. They must get home before the storm.” C.W. Anderson, from Blaze Finds…

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  “The whale! The ship!” from Moby Dick by Herman Melville   Dear young lady on the train, talking into a cell phone: I’m not mad at all. I don’t mind listening to your conversation. After all, this is not the quiet car. Actually, I want to climb over the seat and hold your hand. I want to tell you there’s nothing you can do…

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Rude Boy

  “If somebody holds two doors for you in a row, do you thank him/her twice? (Up to you.) How do you handle a foil-clad baked potato? (Peel the foil off, but don’t crumple it into a ball.) On the morning of their departure, is it rude for the hostess to bowl into her guests’ bedroom, rip the sheets off the mattress, and suggest they…

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Amour Propre

  ‘We may reduce almost all the moral instruction which has been or can be given to children to the following formula. “You must not do that.” “Why not?” “Because it’s naughty.” “What does naughty mean?” “Doing what you are told not to do.” “What harm is there in doing what you are told not to do?” “You will be punished for your disobedience.””Then I…


Are you mad at me?

  “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 Was Breathing” by…

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the arena

  “That sorrow can make one demented may be granted and is hard enough; that there is a strength of will that hauls close enough to the wind to save the understanding, even if the strain turns one slightly odd, that too may be granted. I don’t mean to decry that. But to be able to lose one’s understanding and with it the whole of…


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