From the Vault: P.S. I Hate You

I am declaring all out war against chick flicks, because expectations are getting way to high. I was watching the movie “P.S. I love you” with my girlfriend, and I have never felt so betrayed by the male community. Gerard Butler, you fucking asshole. If you haven’t seen the movie, here’s the gist. Butler and Swank are in love, and then Butler dies. Swank…

Not Sure Why…

Apparently, I was eating all the food when I was a baby. Also, why is my brother so skinny? Does the first sentence answer the second? What’s going on with that velvet pillow?

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The Sirens of Titan – Kurt Vonnegut “Mercury has no atmosphere, so the song it sings is for the sense of touch. The song is a slow one. Mercury will hold a single note for as long as an Earthling millennium. There are those who think that the song was quick, wild, and brilliant once – Excruciatingly various. Possibly so. There are creatures in…

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Tales of Ordinary Madness: Goodbye Watson – Charles Bukowski “but to go the racetrack helps you realize yourself and the mob too. there’s a lot of murky downgrading of Hemingway now by critics who can’t write, and old rat beard wrote some bad things from the middle to the end, but his head was becoming unscrewed, and even then he made the others look…

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Harper’s Magazine: Team America – Thomas Frank “To begin with, the book perfectly captures the beloved fatuities of our white-collar priesthood. The appeal of Team of Rivals is built into its very architecture: after Goodwin relates some familiar Civil War anecdote, she invariably ties it to Lincoln’s style of personnel management – this being the true manifestation of his genius. And to every vexing…

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How To Be Alone: Why Bother? – Jonathan Franzen “The world of the present is a world in which the rich lateral dramas of local manners have been replaced by a single vertical drama, the drama or regional specificity succumbing to a commercial generality. The American writer today faces a cultural totalitarianism analogous to the political totalitarianism with which two generations of Eastern bloc…

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Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut “If I were a younger man, I would write a history of human stupidity; and I would climb to the top of Mount McCabe and lie down on my back with my history for a pillow; and I would take from the ground some of the blue-white poison that makes statues of men; and I would make a statue…

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A Separate Reality: Further Conversations with Don Juan – Carlos Castaneda “Once you decided to come to Mexico you should have put all your petty fears away. Your decision to come should have vanquished them. You came because you wanted to come. That’s the warrior’s way. I have told you time and time again, the most effective way to live is as a warrior….

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Oblivion: Mister Squishy – David Foster Wallace “…Enterprises in other words that rode the transverse shadow, that said or sought to say to a consumer bludgeoned by herd-pressures to achieve, forebear, trim the fat, cut down, discipline, prioritize, be sensible, self-parent, that hey, you deserve it, reward yourself, brands that in essence said what’s the use of living longer and healthier if there aren’t…