Nov 19

This. This poem. THIS!


1. How much poison are you willing
to eat for the success of the free
market and global trade? Please
name your preferred poisons.

2. For the sake of goodness, how much
evil are you willing to do?
Fill in the following blanks
with the names of your favorite
evils and acts of hatred.

3. What sacrifices are you prepared
to make for culture and civilization?
Please list the monuments, shrines,
and works of art you would
most willingly destroy.

4. In the name of patriotism and
the flag, how much of our beloved
land are you willing to desecrate?
List in the following spaces
the mountains, rivers, towns, farms
you could most readily do without.

5. State briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes,
the energy sources, the kinds of security,
for which you would kill a child.
Name, please, the children whom
you would be willing to kill. 

Author: Wendell Berry
Issue Title: Money and Morals after the Crash
Issue Year: 2010

found here: https://reflections.yale.edu/article/money-and-morals-after-crash/questionnaire

Sep 10

Hardy Boys Retrospective

I’m glad this writer took the time to revisit and re-read the Hardy Boys series I read and enjoyed so much, so I didn’t have my golden memories of these childhood books as badly tarnished.
I loved the The Hardy Boys books. I can even remember distinct details from some of the episodes, like The Secret Of The Caves
— although they all tend to blur into on long ‘episode’ now. My gut tells me they would probably be underwhelming to re-read now, so I’ve left them well enough alone.
That said, I was surprised by the antipathy that their Canadian (way to go, eh) ghost writer, Leslie McFarlane, showed towards the series.
He pretty much detested them. Wonder how Nancy Drew’s writer(s) felt about their writings…

Jan 10

J.D. Salinger, 91, Is Dead

J.D. Salinger’s writing had a huge impact on me, and today’s news that J.D. Salinger has died stopped me cold.

Hi books, Franny and Zooey
, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction, and, of course, The Catcher in the Rye, were so fantastic to read – think I’ll revisit them this year.

After being mind-blown by Catcher, I went on to F&Z; and then the 2 novellas (“…Carpenter/Seymore:…”).
You can feel Salinger’s writing getting more introspective, philosophical, and even cryptic as he writes each successive book — more and more like a zen koan. Then the final silence he retired into…

I remember reading years ago that he still writes; it would be amazing if his will bequeaths those writings to the world.

But if he doesn’t release those supposed unpublished works — I think I get that too (nice one, Salinger)

I believe Salinger, even with regards to his own death, understood and liked endings – he choose when to make his writing-ending, so I doubt we’ll see anymore…

So I’ll just say thanks Mr. Salinger, for the the undying spirit of your works: thanks for the light, the insight, your inward gaze, and the inspiration when I needed it very badly.

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