Feb. 10th, 2017


Feb. 10th, 2017 04:25 pm
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Grocery day. Today I felt it was more of a bond-y day for me and Pop. I got into his art of the sale. We were talking about shampoo and paper towels rather than food that spoils or goes stale, and we were talking about half-price sales - the real thing. Pop and I seemed to draw much closer to each other as we worked out the pricings and logistics together. If I outlive him and somehow continue to have a life of my own, I imagine I will be remembering this day. Not counting childhood stuff, like tossing the football around, we were most like an ideal father & son team. ... ... Roger Cohen is writing about the fascist turnings under Trump, particularly with regard to the role of information and the idea of "fake news". He writes: "Velocity trumps veracity. That is the puzzle and the menace of our age." He also quotes a guy who makes a living selling fake news for partisan purposes, Paul Horner: “Honestly people are definitely dumber. They just keep passing stuff around. Nobody fact-checks anything anymore — I mean, that’s how Trump got elected. He just said whatever he wanted, and people believed everything, and when the things he said turned out not to be true, people didn’t care because they’d already accepted it. It’s real scary. I’ve never seen anything like it.” [NYT] ... ... David Brooks: "Thinking about politics in the age of Trump means relying less on the knowledge of political science and more on the probings of D.H. Lawrence, David Foster Wallace and Carl Jung. At the heart of Trumpism is the perception that the world is a dark, savage place, and therefore ruthlessness, selfishness and callousness are required to survive in it." [NYT] ... ... Azar Nafisi, author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran": "This was the story of a twelve-year-old girl who had nowhere to go. Humbert had tried to turn her into his fantasy, into his dead love, and he had destroyed her. The desperate truth of >Lolita's story is not the rape of a twelve-year-old by a dirty old man but the confiscation of one individual's life by another." [Hitch, "Arguably"]


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