Quote of the Day postsTuesday March 05, 2019
Where the Gods Live
“A novel is like a mountain. Like Mount Rainier. You ever seen Mount Rainier? It’s like you’re looking at God.”
—Walter Mosley, The Paris Review
I used to think something similar. In the 1990s, I'd be biking along 45th street from Wallingford toward the University district, and I'd be stopped at the stoplight just before the freeway, and if it was a clear day you'd have this great view of Mount Rainier in the distance. It loomed big there for some reason. I'd be hanging and looking at it and just mesmerized. And I'd think, ”If I lived here centuries ago, I'd assume that's where the gods lived."
If I had to choose a Great American Novel, it would be either “Huck Finn” (rural, poor, doing the right thing despite mores and one’s own inclinations) or “Gatsby” (urban, rich, remaking oneself to fit a dream). Both speak the American vernacular. Both are in the first person. Maybe the Great American Novel has to be in the first person because we are.
Pick up “Gatsby” and read that first page. It'll be 100 years old in 2025 and it sounds like today.
Happy Presidents Day 2019
Trump tweets, last 24 hrs:— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 18, 2019
1. My deputy attorney general is a criminal
2. I'm being targeted by an “illegal coup”
3. The people investigating me should be jailed
4. Television networks that air jokes about Republicans should face “retribution”
Quote of the Day
“Look, Sean Hannity has been a terrific supporter of what I do. . . . Rush Limbaugh, I think he's a great guy. Here's a guy who could speak for three hours without a phone call. Try doing that sometime.”
Pres. Donald Trump during a press conference today when asked how much outside conservative voices had influenced his thinking on declaring a national emergency for a border wall. He also blamed Paul Ryan for why the wall wasn't funded when both houses of Congress were majority Republican. He also all but admitted that his “national emergency” was a sham, saying, “I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn't need to do this. But I'd rather do it much faster.”
Tweet of the Day
Yet going forward, upon waking and drawing breath, she won't greet the new day as an asshole. You, on the other hand by virtue of the tone and substance of this tweet alone must drag that precise disadvantage into every fresh dawn. https://t.co/ijq0GQPeSb— David Simon (@AoDespair) February 7, 2019
Also the accusatons against AOC are untrue. Snopes has found zero evidence to support any of it. I know, the right-wing lying again. Shocking.