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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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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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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…


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…

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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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rooves without houses

  “They passed a dead man in a sitting position on a hummock, entirely surrounded by wild animals and snakes. Common danger made common friends. Nothing sought a conquest over the other.” –Zora Neale Hurston, from Their Eyes Were Watching God   A guy and a girl were having a big, fat argument. An old lady with bright, red hair was there with them, and…

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Zzzzzzzzz (TM)

  “Don’t feel guilty about your past and commit more guilt for yourself to ease the pain.” —Erje Ayden, The Legend of Erje Ayden  The Mao silkscreen by Andy Warhol is from a page in a Dia Art Foundation catalog: “Dia’s Andy.” c. 2005. The photo of the drooling woman is currently running as a print ad for ZzzQuil (TM), the latest offering from the…

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“flattening of affect”

  “Life is a trifle; Honor is all; Shoulder the rifle; Answer the call. A nation of traders We’ll show what we are Freedom’s crusaders Who war against war… Sons of the granite Strong be our stroke Making this planet Safe for all folk.” “The New Crusade,” US battle song, by Katharine Lee Bates, WWI   film clip is from Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott.…

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sans culottes

  “Half-way up they closed in on me and started talking. The girl said, ‘Look the crazy girl, you crazy like your mother. Your aunt frightened to have you in the house. She send you for the nuns to lock up. Your mother walk about with no shoes and stockings on her feet, she sans culottes. She try to kill her husband and she try…

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charlie hustle



“It wasn’t until I got to the halfway house that I realized how well the prison was run.”
—Pete Rose


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