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If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

quote: john f. kennedy

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

- John F. Kennedy

This is from the 'Ask not what your country can do for you' inaugural address, which is seriously the best Presidential speech we've got recorded.

Can a person say anything like this today and become President? Have we regressed? That was an applause line.

Wednesday
Feb022011

quote: john steinbeck

There seems to be something necessary about pressures. The other night I was lying awake wishing I could get to Malory with a rolling barrage of sling-stones and arrows --which isn't likely to happen-- and suddenly it came back to me that I have always worked better under pressure of one kind or another -- poverty, death, emotional confusion, divorces -- always something. In fact the only really unproductive times I can remember were those when there were no pressures. If my record has any meaning at all, it is that pressures are necessary to my creative survival -- an inelegant, even a nauseating thought, but there it is. So maybe I had better pray not for surcease but for famine, plague, catastrophe, and bankruptcy. Then I would probably work like a son-of-a-bitch. I'm comparatively serious about this.

- John Steinbeck

Well, the Merlin is nearly done and it is a far more profound and warming thing than I had thought. I do hope I am making the most of it. I have a wonderful sense of joy in what I have done. I don't know whether that will be sustained in re-reading. But it is worth it to have it at all.

- John Steinbeck

The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights is still my favorite book. Beloved gave me a copy by Farrar, Straus and Giroux - this one - that's edited by Chase Horton and includes about 70 pages of letters from Steinbeck to Horton and his literary agent Elizabeth Otis. The first quote is from a letter to both, the second to Horton only.

It's heartening to read one of the giants in process, struggling, unsure, 'in the shit' as some of my writer friends say. He's adapting another's tales and doing a lot of research but it's still resonant and motivating. I'm trying to crank out longer and longer short stories and polish them, even if the joy dulls a little in the 're-reading'. This helps.

John Steinbeck

Monday
Jan102011

quote: patton oswalt

If one more of my Whole Foods friends tells me that I have to have a home birth I am going to punch all the soy on the planet. [...] [mocking] 'That's the way the pioneers and the settlers did it.' [...] Doing a home birth is bullshit, it's not the way the settlers did it, because the settlers, they didn't have a clock radio next to the bed; they didn't have a flat-screen TV on the wall - you're gonna have a home birth, you should go all the way. Build a little hut in the backyard. Dig a little birthing trench. Have the baby during a hailstorm.

- Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt - Birth

I was talking to my friend Leah about a friend who's way into home births and I immediately attempted to recite this. Oswalt is such a bizarre comedian - his delivery is all odd constructions and approaches and blurts - it's like Mark Fidrych's windup and somehow it feels like you're just listening to the funniest friend ever [which I think sometimes makes it hard to listen to his albums in full because you want to jump back to the true grooves]. Whenever he's talking about how awesome science is, though, that's his specialty. I love the 'boo, robot I just made up' one-off. He's probably done it a million times.

Tuesday
Sep212010

quote: bill gates

PLAYBOY: Ever wonder what might have become of you if you had gone to public school instead of Lakeside, where you met Paul Allen and fell in love with computers?

GATES: I'd be a better street fighter.

-Bill Gates in an interview with Playboy, in 1994.

This is a really, really interesting interview. This, naturally, jumped out at me.

I could have gone to Lakeside. I'm glad I didn't.

Tuesday
Aug312010

quote: clark gable

The most important thing a man can know is that, as he approaches his own door, someone on the other side is listening for the sound of his footsteps. 

- Clark Gable.

It's pretty cool waking up next to somebody. Patriarchal as the quote is with the presumably housebound lady [although Gable may have had more than one door to approach, knaamean?], I dig it. And as I'm the night owl and Buttercup's always hibernating, it's close to true for us.

I would post a picture of Gable, but this is so much cooler.

Yoinked from Will Sherman.