...by far the most usual way of handling phenomena so novel that they would make for a serious rearrangement of our preconceptions is to ignore them altogether, or to abuse those who bear witness for them.
To write weekly, to write daily, to write shortly, to write for busy people catching trains in the morning or for tired people coming home in the evening, is a heart-breaking task for men who know good writing from bad… Beauty and courage are dangerous spirits to bottle in a column and a half; and thought, like a…
I never wanted war in Iraq. But I went, and I met good people—Americans, Iraqis, Kurds, Canadians, Brits, Aussies, Italians, Estonians, Tongans, more—who worked very hard to forge some kind of peace among the peoples there, to clean up our messes. To think that the march to upend Saddam could ultimately result in an… »
"A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days," Goethe supposedly said. Alice Munro is a woman. She endured a lot of ordinary days. She mastered the short story and won a Nobel for literature this year. She should be a fucking hero to every woman, Canadian, and would-be writer. »
Tallahassee newspaper's commenter: "FSU QB Jameis Winston is only being accused of sexual battery because the accuser's lawyer went to UF." Tallahassee newspaper's editor in chief: "Interesting." »
This article strengthens my theory that Ayn Rand and her radical capitalistic philosophy has done more damage to America than Lenin, Stalin, or any other Soviet bigwigs did with their Communist ideas. »