Feb. 23rd, 2017

Thursday

Feb. 23rd, 2017 02:07 pm
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I ordered that pack of 12 decks of Bicycle playing cards, the ones that riffle so sweetly in your proper shuffle. This way, I shouldn't have to worry about needing cards for the rest of the year. Hell, if need be these decks could last me a few years quite well. I don't truly need cards now, but I am feeling a little time-pressed on account of the fact that I am not wholly confident that Pop will renew our Prime membership, which is up in a couple of weeks, and I really need the free shipping on this package, which just keeps the price within my allowance's reach. These cards have become an important part of my life, and I would suffer without them. ... ... One of the napping cats just gave out a sort of drowning meow, rather like the drowning bark that Bo would give out in his sleep, as if from a deep dream. I fondly ask, "Are you dreaming of Coco?" Do you miss her? Lord knows that I do. Though, I no longer dream of her. ... ... I never really considered Tucker Carlson a true star of the 'talking heads' circuit, but he stuck in my mind ever since his early start on CNN's old "Crossfire" show, back when CNN was effectively the only name in 24-7 TV-news. In the Trump air, he is now passing himself off as a populist, a sort of mini-Trump. I mention this because I am reading an article about him, and I want to keep this background note: "Here, let the record show that Tucker Carlson was born and raised in the pricey beachside paradise of La Jolla, California; that his stepmother was heiress to the Swanson frozen-food fortune; that he attended an exclusive east-coast boarding school and married the headmaster’s daughter." So, we also have that Swanson connection, though I only rarely have a Swanson dinner these days. They lost me when they went to pseudo-chicken. [Atlantic] The article closes with a nice Tucker quote: “The beginning of wisdom is to know what an asshole you are.” ... ... Senator Chris Murphy, who is a Democrat and part of the Trump resistance: "The moral arc of the universe doesn't bend toward justice naturally. It takes millions of us hanging onto one end, forcing it down." ... ... W. E. B. Du Bois: "Either the United States will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States." ... ... Kay was able to let Ash in the house so that the cat could get something to eat. This is a first, and Kay remarks, reasonably enough, on how the cats seem to be getting used to her. At least Ash is. It surprises me, too. But Ash was always pretty special, showing her empathy and social skills even when she was a wee kitten, ungluing the stuck eyes of her siblings. ... ... Lincoln: "If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I can not remember when I did not so think, and feel." [Burlingame] ... ... Now that I am journaling more, I seem to be losing a lot of my will & energy to type out quotations from my books, especially if we are talking about more than a couple of dozen words, all the more so when it comes to books that I am set on rereading again and again for the remainder of my life anyway, such as these books on Lincoln. This is probably only sensible. When I had blogging pals, there was some value in setting out for them a shiny gem of brilliance, but now there is none of that encouragement. It's one thing to copy & paste something from my Internet news-harvesting, collecting gems that I might not otherwise ever see again, as I try to hold on to them. ... ... News: 'US cinemas to show film adaptation of Orwell's "1984" to protest Trump policies, in co-ordinated screenings.' Maybe I should start rereading it while there is that sort of spirit in the air. I don't mean straight through, but like "Lolita", reading it in drips and drabs, just to savor the flavor of the text. ... ... After finishing a long chapter on Lincoln, I feel like a novel tonight, but in truth, I don't feel like hitting "1984". As much as I love the novel, it is perhaps a little too simple for me to bear frequent rereading. I'm going to stick with "Lolita", a novel that I could just keep rereading endlessly, beginning anew immediately upon finishing it, and I doubt I would ever grow too tired of it. Okay, that might be putting it too strongly, but I am pretty sure that I don't have to worry about reaching my maximum capacity for this twisted little tale.

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