I began 2020 with a fire in my belly for reading. I made up a goal to ensure a robust literary year: 20 novels, 20 plays. I proceeded to read more nonfiction than ever before, and I have no regrets.
"All right," cried Allbee. "Now let me explain something to you. It's a Christian idea, but I don't see why you shouldn't be able to understand it. 'Repent!' That's John the Baptist coming out of the desert. Change yourself, that's what he's saying, and be another man. You must be and the reason for that … Continue reading Repent!
Night Vale Radio on Fear and Regret
Remember: Fear is consciousness plus life. Regret is an attempt to avoid what has already happened. Toast is bread held under direct heat until crisp. The present tense of regret is indecision, The future tense of fear is either comedy or tragedy, And the past tense of toast is toasted. -Episode 23, Eternal Scouts
Eric Hoffer: The Passionate State of Mind
35 "PRIDE is a sense of worth derived from something that is not organically part of us, while self-esteem derives from the potentialities and achievements of the self. We are proud when we identify ourselves with an imaginary self, a leader, a holy cause, a collective body or possessions. There is fear and intolerance in … Continue reading Eric Hoffer: The Passionate State of Mind
Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream
"I ran right through the front door Like a hobo sailor does, But it was just a funeral parlor, And the man asked me who I was. "I repeated that my friends Were all in jail, with a sigh. He gave me his card. He said, 'Call me if they die.' "
Weight Loss, Fitness, Health, and Body Image, According to Robertson Davies
"But what I want to know is this: couldn't somebody of that type moderate his physique, by the right kind of diet and exercise, and general care?""To some extent. Not without more trouble than it would probably be worth. That's what's wrong with all these diets and body-building courses and so forth. You can go … Continue reading Weight Loss, Fitness, Health, and Body Image, According to Robertson Davies