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"I'm in a hurry, under pressure—all this unfinished business!"


“I feel like I shouldn’t be giving them money when I think they are such bad executives,” Biddle says, climbing into the black leather backseat. “So, I’ve tried to stop.” He hasn’t succeeded. “Listen, these products are good. They just have a lot of shitty consequences,” Biddle says of Uber and its ilk, jabbing the air for emphasis. “A nuclear bomb is masterfully engineered and designed. It dropped and did what it was supposed to do well.” He takes a moment to consider how that sounded. “Please do not write that I compared the Manhattan Project to Uber.”

What's italicized in "65: Learning to love middle old age"?

  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead
  • Alien (film)
  • Amour (film)
  • A History of Old Age (2X)
  • l’age de decadence
  • l’age decrepit (3X)
  • Vivre Sa Vie
  • Have Gun - Will Travel
  • Gunsmoke
  • Time (magazine)
  • alter kaker
  • Times (newspaper)
  • On the Waterfront
  • What Makes Sammy Run?
  • Golden Girls
  • Hoarders
  • die Kinder
  • The X-Files
  • Citizen Cane
  • L’Argent
David Bazan

—Wolves At The Door

They took your money and ate your kids
And they had their way with your wife a little bit
While you wept on the porch
With your head in your hands
Cursing taxes and the government:
'Cause you're a goddamn fool.

After a while, I realized it was a blues.

Joe Lovano on Chasin’ The Trane.

I remember the morning I realized this about ZZ Top’s Legs.

After a while, I realized it was a blues.

Joe Lovano on Chasin’ The Trane.

I remember the afternoon I realized this about The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. 


lars von trier’s nymphomaniac: vol. I, 2013

The two dominant sitcoms of the the late 70s

It’s interesting that the two dominant sitcoms of the the late 70s, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Bob Newhart Show, both have title sequences that show good solid midwesterners walking to work, Mary in Minneapolis and Bob in Chicago. 

Larry McMurty, from Roads (2000)

Never eat at a place called Mom’s, never play cards with a man named Doc, and never sleep with a woman whose problems are worse than your own.

Nelson Algren

(McMurty: From the evidence of these letters it’s not clear that Simone de Beauvoir’s problems were worse than Algren’s. At least she was the more tolerant of the two.) 

One beneficent characteristic of oceans

"One beneficent characteristic of oceans is that they tend to relax the people who live by them. Worldwide, in my experience, littorals are apt to have a wait-and-see, gentle seediness. Even the most manicured littorals—Malibu, Lanai, Cap d’Antibes—have a touch of it. The force of huge money may keep the beaches looking neat for a mile or two, but neatness and the seashore don’t really go together; only one hundred feet or so past the great resorts the old casual seediness begins."

Larry McMurtry, from Roads (2000)