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November 28, 2012 at 6:52pm

not a poor man at all.

A little story from Kurt Vonnegut that will make your day:

[Kurt tells his wife he’s going out to buy an envelope:] “Oh, she says well, you’re not a poor man. You know, why don’t you go online and buy a hundred envelopes and put them in the closet? And so I pretend not to hear her. And go out to get an envelope because I’m going to have a hell of a good time in the process of buying one envelope.

I meet a lot of people. And, see some great looking babes. And a fire engine goes by. And I give them the thumbs up. And, and ask a woman what kind of dog that is. And, and I don’t know. The moral of the story is, is we’re here on Earth to fart around.

And, of course, the computers will do us out of that. And, what the computer people don’t realize, or they don’t care, is we’re dancing animals.”

—From an interview with David Brancaccio, 2005. 

January 8, 2012 at 9:21pm

from shel silverstein.

"Don’t be dependent on anyone else — man, woman, child, or dog. I want to go everywhere, look at and listen to everything. You can go crazy with some of the wonderful stuff there is in life."

—from this extremely awesome Mental Floss article on Shel Silverstein.

January 5, 2012 at 1:10pm

on life.

Life is a whole lot messier than fiction would have us believe. I’m still not sure I’ve ever read a novel that struck me as TRULY realistic, or REALLY true-to-life. Any suggestions?

Or do you like it that fiction offers an escape, an alternate reality where everything is tied into a neat little bow at the end?

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