April 26, 2004

I hate the big decisions that cause endless revisions in my mind

* "I think that after September 11, the American people are valuing life more and we need policies to value the dignity and worth of every life," she said. "President Bush has worked to say, let's be reasonable, let's work to value life, let's reduce the number of abortions, let's increase adoptions. And I think those are the kinds of policies the American people can support, particularly at a time when we're facing an enemy and, really, the fundamental issue between us and the terror network we fight is that we value every life." -- Karen Hughes, pretty much equating being pro-choice with supporting terrorists, after being asked how she felt about yesterday's pro-choice march in Washington.

* Quick summary of Oblivion, the new David Foster Wallace book of short stories which will be released in June. [via maud newton]

* From, This is Not a Novel, by David Markson:

Before the Normans brought despair, the Anglo-Saxon word was wanhope.

I cannot endure to read a line of poetry; I have tried lately to read Shakesperare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me. Says Darwin's Autobiography.

Thomas Hardy wrote a carefully sanitized third-person biography of himself and left it behind for his widow to pretend she was the author of.

Anthony Trollope wrote seven pages a day, seven days a week. And would actually begin a new book if he came to the end of one before his day's quota had been met.

Rousseau was categorically convinced of the existence of vampires.

Augustus John's habit of patting every passing London youngster on the head:
In case it is one of mine.

Only one person, his secretary, attended Liebnitz's funeral.

The time is close when you will have forgotten all things; and when all things will have forgotten you. Said Marcus Aurelius.

What artists do cannot be called work. Says Flaubert's Dictionary of Accepted Ideas.

Tennessee William's choked on the cap of a nasal sprayer—to death.

Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day. Said Emerson


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