November 14, 2005
Literary Bit of the Moment
[After tussling with the Tin Woodsman and the stuffed Scarecrow]
"What is that little animal you are so tender with?"
"He is my dog, Toto," answered Dorothy.
"Is he made of tin, or stuffed?" asked the Lion.
"Neither. He's a--a meat dog," said the girl.
--L. Frank Baum, "The Wizard of Oz". I finally read the book though I'm worried it might just be a condensed or slightly modernized version. (In the Gutenberg text the lion says "tender of" and Dorothy stammers more.) Overall, probably not as good as the movie.
I was startled and delighted by the reminder that we're made out of meat.
Quoute of the Moment
In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
--Mortimer J. Adler. That's a very good point, and nice way of looking at true literacy. (Thanks Lex!)
Crush of the Moment
Wow. I think I have a giant pop-crush on Sarah Silverman 90% from this Slate article alone.
Comedy in a Moment
5 seconds of funny from Lore at his Slumbering Lungfish blog.
Weird News of the Moment
Irish Nursing Home starts own pub. It seems to make sense on a number of levels; I think just the different karma of a pub vs. a typical nursing home is a huge improvement.