September, 2017

Sep 17

Quote of the day – podcast edition

From Kevin Williamson – one of my recent favorite pundits:

Congress can use a little less self-importance and a little more self-respect.

Sep 17

Quote of the day – Joni Mitchell edition

From her Wikipedia Entry

Despite her prominence among the young musicians of the 1960s and 1970s, and her writing of “Woodstock” (where she was prevented from performing because her manager thought it was more advantageous to appear on The Dick Cavett Show[74]), she did not align herself with the era’s protest movements or its cultural manifestations. She has said that the parents of the boomers were unhappy, and “out of it came this liberated, spoiled, selfish generation into the costume ball of free love, free sex, free music, free, free, free, free we’re so free. And Woodstock was the culmination of it.” But “I was not a part of that,” she explained in an interview

Identities strike again I suppose.  Making one’s costless opinions (on Climate Change, Trump, the Vietnam War in this case)  of primary importance is perplexing, particularly when I do it.  Granted people do talk a lot about parenting, work, etc (i.e stuff they actually do every day) the opinions are useful proxies for something I suppose.

Sep 17

American in 2017, in one headline

Meet one of the couples getting married on the Mall in between a pro-Trump protest and a Juggalo rally


crimes were committed by people who identified as Juggalos

Sep 17

Quote of the day

From this documentary about Leonard Cohen

Poetry is not an occupation, but a verdict.

It’s odd – his relationship with the material world seems perfect, i.e. something to be consumed, not pursued or desired. The concepts aren’t diametrically opposed, but it does change the outlook.

He is a very good example of going through life as a tourist, like Hoffer, which I suppose is why I’m drawn to him.