Friday, November 28, 2008

Recent & Recommended

Pam Brown, True Thoughts (Salt)
Endi Bogue Hartigan, One Sun Storm (Center for Literary Publishing/Colorado Prize)
Aleksandr Skidan, Red Shifting (Ugly Duckling)
John Taggart, There Are Birds (Flood)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

also from The Minotaur Loves His Labyrinth

"Any ideology or belief that doesn't have hatred as spice has no chance of becoming popular. To be a true believer you have to be a champion hater."

"The servants of the rich (our politicians and journalists) should wear doorman's uniforms. Let flunkies by instantly recognized from the distance, as in the old days."

"Nationalism is the love of the smell of our collective shit."

"Money buys even victimhood."

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

from The Monster Loves His Labyrinth

by Charles Simic:

"Our rich are torn between self-pity (they're paying too much in taxes) and self-adulation."

"Centuries ago, when the king's advisers and seers gave wrong predictions as to the outcome of military campaigns, they were tortured and publicly executed. In our days, they continue being called 'experts' and appear on TV." [Bill Kristol, anyone?]

"Deterrence by example. Let's bomb X so that Y and Z will realize we mean business and behave. By that logic, why not hang a few crooked politicians and bankers so that others may be warned?"