HeatSad to think that the line about wet glass-rings will no longer be palpable to people of my daughter's generation. Even I only caught the tail-end of the LP era in rock, though Kim more than made up for my belatedness with her leaving-records-all-over-the-place ways.
Here in the electric dusk your naked lover
tips the glass high and the ice cubes fall against her teeth.
It's beautiful Susan, her hair sticky with gin,
Our Lady of Wet Glass-Rings on the Album Cover,
streaming with hatred in the heat
as the record falls and the snake-band chords begin
to break like terrible news from the Rolling Stones,
and such a last light -- full of spheres and zones.
August, you're just an erotic hallucination,
just so much feverishly produced kazoo music,
are you serious? -- this large oven impersonating night,
this exhaustion mutilated to resemble passion,
the bogus moon of tenderness and magic
you hold out to each prisoner like a cup of light?
My order arrived just fine. However, included with my brand new copy of Judith Wajcman’s Techno Feminism was a “promissory note” for “eternal life” "by the authority of God" for the “forgiveness of sin [presumably mine], public and private through faith [again, presumably mine] in the blood of jesus christ [presumably from inside his body and not purchased on the black market]” [material in brackets added for clarification].I haven't been using Amazon because Barnes & Noble is a considerably "bluer" corporation, but had to do so yesterday for an order placed through my Department. I wonder whether my selection of Ulli Lommel's Richard Hell-starring Blank Generation and Maya Deren experimental films will prompt some Amazon staffer to send me a similar note.
Sometimes the relatively random is right on the mark.
You're Invisible Man!
by Ralph Ellison
Most of your life, people have either ignored you or told you that you
were wrong. You've been duped, mistreated, misled, and neglected. Maybe it was because
of your race, or some other uniqueness that people were quick to condemn, but now you
just want to crawl into a hole and disappear. After all, nobody knows your name. But
you just might speak for everyone.
Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.
Bush was unswayed. "He's saying, you know, 'Leave,'" he told reporters at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, where he had just met Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.I'm sure that this is an accurate transcription of what Bush actually said. But I also know that the reporter didn't need to quote this statement at all. The quotes that follow, while hardly eloquent, put the President in a more dignified light:
The U.S. president described the ideology of al-Zawahiri and his adherents as "dark, dim, backwards. They don't appreciate women. If you don't agree to their narrow view of a religion, you'll be whipped in the public square."Sure, we've heard all this hundreds of times. I'm sure there are grooves in Bush's brain carved by the flow of these talking points. But at least he sounds somewhat presidential in delivering them. The lead quote, by contrast, with Bush's use of "you know" to emphasize a point obvious to any second-grader, makes him seem hopelessly overmatched. And I'm not sure that's a good thing. Believe me, I welcome any opportunity to make the Bush Administration pay for its selfishness and arrogance. Yet something in me still bridles at anything that smells of the mainstream media's supposed "liberal bias."
Their goal, he said, is to spread their point of view throughout the world, starting in the "broader Middle East. And part of their goal is to drive us out of the broader Middle East."
But Bush said the United States would not bend to the threats of al Qaeda or of al-Zawahiri.
"They're terrorists, they're killers and they will kill innocent people trying to get us to withdraw from the world so they can impose their dark vision on the world. That's what they're trying to do, and the comments today by Mr. Zawahiri absolutely reinforce what I have just told you. We will stay the course; we will complete the job in Iraq."
In the end, I don't think making the President look more foolish than he already is makes sense. Fools can get away with a lot more than people respected for their intellect. Wouldn't it be better if we had a clear sense that Bush is responsible for the atrocities being committed in his name? Personally, I'm waiting for the day when W is admitted to the same chamber of infamy to which Richard Nixon was assigned during Watergate. That will only happen, though, if people think he is capable of owning his decisions.