I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allen Poe
The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
- H. L. Mencken
Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so
What I have been telling you, from alpha to omega, what is the one great thing the sigil taught me — that everything in life is miraculous. For the sigil taught me that it rests within the power of each of us to awaken at will from a dragging nightmare of life made up of unimportant tasks and tedious useless little habits, to see life as it really is, and to rejoice in its exquisite wonderfulness. If the sigil were proved to be the top of a tomato-can, it would not alter that big fact, nor my fixed faith. No Harrowby, the common names we call things by do not matter — except to show how very dull we are ...
-James Branch Cabell
May 07, 2015 - 12:58 p.m.
I should be eating now instead I'm just starting to write. I hate when I do that. It is not like I was doing anything important. It's not like I was doing much of anything. I honestly don't know where the time went.
Wow it's amazing how many emotional scars I have. Thinking about crepes can cause me heartache. That didn't just happen. Something else happened that gave me heartache but I can't put it in one word like I can with crepes. Should I start singing the Boxer now? I didn't think so.
I looked through my list of diary ideas and found "Cell phones make people stupid." Why is that? We all know it's true. Some people think that cell phones are devices to keep their hands busy while they shout loud enough to be heard in the next state. People think that when they are on a cell phone they cease to take up space so they can block doors, and stairs, and aisles. People will tell their most personal secrets to strangers if they are saying them on a cell phone. Worst of all they think they can drive while looking down at their text messages and emails. Even talking on the phone hands free is like driving alcohol impaired. When I didn't have a cell phone I thought I might stop thinking this way after I got one. Instead I feel so more. Probably because I wasn't the only one that got a cell phone so now there are more people to act stupid because of one. And guess what, I sometimes act stupid because of a cell phone. I won't move up on the supermarket line because I was busy checking Facebook. Yes not that bad but it still shouldn't happen. When I notice something annoying I always try and think if I do it too. I'm annoying enough as it is. I should cut out the stuff that I find annoying.
I attempted to watch the movie musical version of The Producers last night. It came across as Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick trying to pay Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder and not succeeding, especially Broderick. I loved it on Broadway. I'm not sure what the difference is. But it's there. Of course even the Broadway version could not beat the original movie which might be the funniest film ever made. It did get me thinking. How many people recognize "Leo Bloom" as coming from Joyce's "Ulysses?" That's the kind of intellectual joke that Mel Brooks threw into his first two films. After the failure of The Thirteen Chairs he vowed to never be too high brow again. In any event I stopped watching last night after the scene in the accountants' office.
I'm going to keep this super short. It's not like the teacher said I have to write a thousand words. Some days I don't even have 500. Not often but some days. Ok not even today once I write this.
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