Sunday, November 27, 2005

a little thanks goes a long way ... I had to write a inquiry paper on The Things they carried a book i had read earlier in the semester your index was like a GOD helping me to quickly locate page number for quotes and scenes dont know what i would have done without it. Thanks. A Virginia Tech Undergrad ... index like a GOD ... i like that

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During bohemian era, WWII vet used poetry to fight death ... koch's collected reviewed

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Saturday, November 26, 2005

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good tomatoes ... via suzanne

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Skeptic's Annotated Bible

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Even liberals can be boneheads sometimes

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Friday, November 25, 2005

for mom ... Buy Nothing Day

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a quick thanksgiving

road music: down ...

after the gold rush (neil young)
no direction home ... disk 1 (bob dylan)
germ free adolescents (x-ray spex)
blueberrry boat (the fiery furnaces)

it's a cold and windy thanksgiving day ... and the lake hasn't recovered from the drought ... it's about two feet low...

mom and meg made enough food ...

and we eat a lot of it ... and notice how the happiest and most thoroughly uncrabby ones of us savor the exquisite flavors of the meal ... but someone needs ketchup ...

taylor likes lots of ketchup for her turkey...

and all the little piggies like pie ...

throughout the day we have cause to watch television ... mike's got his eye on a game right here

... but the most popular show of the day ... for which mike wears the proper headgear ... was A Pirate's Tale: Return to Doom Island ... an almost-feature-length film in which our own josh murphy appears ... we laughed ... we cried ... but we didn't have to poop in the woods ... with deer watching ...

and later in the evening we learned how to make iraqi coffee ... which we also learned ... is called in iraq ... turkish coffee ... but is grown nevertheless in iraq ... it's very good

road music: back ...

jerusalem (steve earle)
hymnody of earth (malcolm dalglish)
global a go-go (strummer & the mescaleros)
i'm wide awake, it's morning (bright eyes)

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Thursday, November 24, 2005

happy thanksgiving

from wendell berry's "The Pleasures of Eating"...

Eating with the fullest pleasure - pleasure,that is, that does not depend on ignorance - is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend. When I think of the meaning of food, I always remember these lines by the poet William Carlos Williams, which seem to me merely honest:

There is nothing to eat,
seek it where you will,
but the body of the Lord.
The blessed plants
and the sea, yield it
to the imagination

If you're not going to ordain gay men, and not going to ordain married men, and not going to ordain women, well then who's left? It's not exactly a big pool.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

in petersburg ... until friday

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

r. i. p. Link Wray ...

Link Wray, the rock guitar pioneer who gave birth to the aggressively primal sound known as the power chord on his 1958 instrumental hit "Rumble" and influenced two generations of rock guitarists, has died. He was 76.

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saying something complex ... so complex even the sayer doesn't know ... so complex even anyone's eyes go glassy ... what did i do?

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the only one for "desirably gnawed ephemera" too ... gee .. these are the real ... the lasting ... perks of poetry

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is it possible that i am the first and only person to have used the phrase "seethes at his back" on the internet ... ??

posted at 11:22 AM

Here are two propositions.

1. Poets are ordinary people with a special love and distrust of language.

2. Poetry is not a pretty way of saying something straight, but the straightest way of saying something complex.
... via dumfoundry

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from Thomas Merton ...

All Christian life is meant to be at the same time profoundly contemplative and rich in active work It is true that we are called to create a better world. But we are first of all called to a more immediate and exalted task: that of creating our own lives. In doing this, we act as co-workers with God. We take our place in the great work of mankind, since in effect the creation of our own destiny, in God, is impossible in pure isolation. Each one of us works out his own destiny in inseparable union with all those others with whom God has willed us to live. We share with one another the creative work of living in the world. And it is through our struggle with material reality, with nature, that we help one another create at the same time our own destiny and a new world for our descendants.

from Love and Living, by Thomas Merton. Edited by Naomi Burton Stone & Brother Patrick Hart, Harcourt, San Diego, 1979.

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Monday, November 21, 2005

a little busy now

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