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Tuesday 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."

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Posted at 04:40 PM on Mar 05, 2019 in category Quote of the Day   |   Permalink  
Sunday March 03, 2019

Greatest Gatsby

Why Great Gatsby is the Great American Novel

The quote comes via the American Writers Museum in Chicago, which I visited shortly after it opened in 2017. (Hopefully they‘re aware of E.L. Doctorow by now.)

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.

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Posted at 02:45 PM on Mar 03, 2019 in category Quote of the Day   |   Permalink  
Monday February 18, 2019

Happy Presidents Day 2019

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Posted at 08:44 AM on Feb 18, 2019 in category Quote of the Day   |   Permalink  
Friday February 15, 2019

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.”

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Posted at 07:22 PM on Feb 15, 2019 in category Quote of the Day   |   Permalink  
Thursday February 07, 2019

Tweet of the Day

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. 

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Posted at 02:04 PM on Feb 07, 2019 in category Quote of the Day   |   Permalink  
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