sincerity with a motive

November 17, 2006
That's some amazingly mild weather we've been having as of late. Boston folks enjoy it while it lasts!

Quotes of the Moment
"And I'm not saying that television is vulgar and dumb because the people who compose Audience are vulgar and dumb. Television is the way it is simply because people trend to be extremely similar in their vulgar and prurient and dumb interests and wildly different in their refined and aesthetic and noble interests."
--David Foster Wallace, "E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction"

"Self-mocking irony is always 'Sincerity, with a motive'"
--Lewis Hyde, quoted by David Foster Wallace

"A second Celebrity crowd-control lady has a megaphone and repeats over and over not to worry about our luggage, that it will follow us later, which I am apparently alone in finding chilling in its unwitting echo of Auschwitz-embarkation scene in Schindler's List"
--David Foster Wallace, "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again", all about his time on a luxury cruise. Man, that WOULD be pretty spooky.

As you can gather, I'd highly recommend David Foster Wallace. So frickin' smart! Not the lightest reads, but worth it.

Link of the Moment
Fantasy League Congress is a bit amusing how it quantifies the "political achievements" of our congresscritters. Right now, Republicans lead the heavy hitters, I wonder if that will change with the next session, given all the committee switcheroo that will be happening.