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You got my head in such a flurry, flurry

"Boys and girls in America have such a sad time together; sophistication demands that they submit to sex immediately without proper preliminary talk. Not courting talk – real straight talk about souls, for life is holy and every moment is precious."

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

I love the way Kerouac writes. It reminds me of this journal, only infinitely better, in that he doesn't sacrifice the story of what really happened to preserve unity of cast. Because life has a lot of people in it, and some of them have bouts of existentialism at weird times.

I love the quote I picked, too. That's why I picked it and put it here. It is so terribly true.

School starts again tomorrow.
"That was a misfortune; this has been a good thing. Whatever worth while comes to you, won't be through the channels you were searching last year."

"What could be more unprofitable than my present lack of pep?"

"Perhaps in itself... but you're developing. This has given you time to think and you're casting off a lot of your old luggage about success and the superman and all. People like us can't adopt whole theories, as you did. If we can do the next thing, and have an hour a day to think in, we can accomplish marvels, but as far as any high-handed scheme of blind dominance is concerned – we'd just make asses of ourselves."

Amory and Monsignor Darcy.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise.

apathetic as an amoeba

In an old house in Paris, all covered in vines,
lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.

That is all.

Writer's Block: News development

What's the first major news event that you remember hearing about as a child? Where did you learn about it? How did it impact your world view?

As far as events I remember understanding, at least partially, there are two: the Elian Gonzalez controversy and Princess Diana's death. From my current, "real world" perspective I'm not sure if these even happened at the same time, but I just remember seeing them on the news as a little girl and thinking that they lasted forever. Haha, that puts a pretty specific stamp on my age, doesn't it?

Before either of those, I have memories of a cool female voice with a British accent saying "Israeli-Palestinian conflict." See, my dad is constantly keeping up with the news – I mean constantly – and when we didn't have a TV, he would sit on the floor with his boxy oldschool radio and listen to the BBC.

This is a really book writer's block topic. I'm glad it got me to thinking about those memories, as they stand out quite clearly in my mind when I try.

¿Qué soy?

"So much there is to see, but our morning eyes describe a different world than do our afternoon eyes, and surely our wearied evening eyes can report only a weary evening world."

John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley.

I had forgotten since last summer how much I love Steinbeck. And somebody at the top of the library must be looking out for me, as they have a new copy of Breakfast of Champions (Vonnegut) as well as Fodor's Spain 2010 and two new Chuck Palahniuk books! I was a happy panda indeed, for when I have books it's not hard to make me happy.

And Steinbeck's brief musing on the word vacilar made me think that if I somehow came by a rename token, I might change my username here to vaciladora, but having just looked it up online and found some rather different definitions – then again I might not.

Was going to muse on the upcoming soccer season and/or the narrowing of generations, but a John Steinbeck entry is a good thing to have, I think.
"And how should we behave during this Apocalypse? We should be unusually kind to one another, certainly. But we should also stop being so serious. Jokes help a lot. And get a dog, if you don't already have one."

Kurt Vonnegut.

Arm-Flavored Marshmallows

Fact: I want to be just like Emerson Spartz when I grow up.

He's been my hero for years because of MuggleNet and being the best webmaster ever and always doing the right thing with that position.

Tonight I was reading GivesMeHope and his name was mentioned in a post. Turns out he and his fiancé are the founders of the single most uplifting website I've ever encountered.

Emerson, you GMH.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

musing about music...

I'm not one to listen to the radio that much, at least not the stations we have here locally, but over this break I've taken to setting my alarm clock to radio instead of annoying beeping sound. Soooo this morning I woke up to the words:
The dudes are linin' up cause they hear we got swagger
but we kick 'em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger.

And I was just – ???

Maybe you guys have all heard this song and don't find it perplexing (I looked it up and it's Tik Tok by Kesha), but I'm just sort of bemused here for three reasons.

i. I don't know how much I'd enjoy a party full of Mick Jagger lookalikes. Wouldn't that be pretty creepy?
ii. The rest of the song is all about let's get crunk and wear expensive clothes till the po-po shut us down and shit... and the title and the artist's name are both spelled "unconventionally," i.e. wrong... I know I'm part of this generation and all and I probably sound really old and grouchy, but seriously? The vast majority of the kids listening to this crap probably don't know who Mick Jagger even is.
iii. Dan Agger is waaay more attractive than Mick Jagger, would've fit the syllables and rhyme scheme just as well, and is probably equally mystifying to the potential audience. Why not use Dan, huh?

End of music nerd rant. I actually need to go write a column about suicide and why you shouldn't ever hate on music... Ha, wow, I'm a hypocrite. Then practicing some Jane Eyre duettage with Victoria and pie with my best friend! Should be an all right day. (:

Don't panic, Mr. Cole!