Thursday, July 17, 2008

H.L. Mencken is dead.

Here's, the letter that I wrote to the Seattle Times;

The very first thing I see when I look at the New Yorker is satire, shoving absurd prejudices in the face of those who believe their obvious nonsense.
That there is any controversy at all brings up a Lily Tomlin quote, "No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up."


That's what the Times printed yesterday, pretty lame, eh?

Today we drove up to Bow to see a relative and take a hard hat to him.

Yesterday was the usual stuff, although nobody harassed me on the SCCC campus.

I was kinda looking forward to that.

The string quartet is getting better by leaps and bounds.
David says it's as good as the flute concerto.
The one that caused all the trouble.

Yay!

I'm hot, sweaty and tired, see ya later.

3 Comments:

Blogger butch said...

Yes, H.L.Mencken is dead, and I posted a bunch of his acrid quotes on FFTR last week. Check them out.
The bisexual and sharp as a tack Lily Tomlin also said:

Don't be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.
Lily Tomlin

For fast-acting relief try slowing down.
Lily Tomlin

Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past.
Lily Tomlin

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.
Lily Tomlin

I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.
Lily Tomlin

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
Lily Tomlin

I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain.
Lily Tomlin

I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else.
Lily Tomlin

I've always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific.
Lily Tomlin

If I had known what it would be like to have it all - I might have been willing to settle for less.
Lily Tomlin

If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question?
Lily Tomlin

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in a library.
Lily Tomlin

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?
Lily Tomlin

If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well viewed.
Lily Tomlin

Instead of working for the survival of the fittest, we should be working for the survival of the wittiest - then we can all die laughing.
Lily Tomlin

It's my belief we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.
Lily Tomlin

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.
Lily Tomlin

Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.
Lily Tomlin

No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up.
Lily Tomlin

No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.
Lily Tomlin

Reality is a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.
Lily Tomlin

Reality is a crutch for people who can't handle drugs.
Lily Tomlin

Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.
Lily Tomlin

Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it.
Lily Tomlin

Remember we're all in this alone.
Lily Tomlin

Sometimes I feel like a figment of my own imagination.
Lily Tomlin

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.
Lily Tomlin

The best mind-altering drug is the truth.
Lily Tomlin

The best mind-altering drug is truth.
Lily Tomlin

The problem with winning the rat race is you're still a rat.
Lily Tomlin

The road to success is always under construction.
Lily Tomlin

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
Lily Tomlin

There's so much plastic in this culture that vinyl leopard skin is becoming an endangered synthetic.
Lily Tomlin

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin

We are all in this together, by ourselves.
Lily Tomlin

We don't care. We don't have to. We're the phone company.
Lily Tomlin

We have reason to believe that man first walked upright to free his hands for masturbation.
Lily Tomlin

We're all in this alone.
Lily Tomlin

What if it's boring - or if it's not boring, it might be too revealing, or worse, it might be too revealing and still be boring.
Lily Tomlin

What is reality, anyway? Just a collective hunch.
Lily Tomlin

Why is it that when we talk to God we're said to be praying, but when God talks to us we're schizophrenic?
Lily Tomlin

Why isn't there a special name for the tops of your feet?
Lily Tomlin

So it was the Seattle Times that printed your letter. Where did I get the absurd idea that it was the New York Times?

Bow, Washington is an unincorporated community in Skagit County. It is located near the towns of Bay View, Edison, Burlington, and Mount Vernon. Bow is included in the Mount Vernon-Anacortes, Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Bow overlooks Samish Bay.

History
Bow was originally known as Brownsville, after William J. Brown, who homestead the townsite in 1869. The advent of the railroad resulted in a population boom and the need for a post office. Apparently inspired by the growth brought by the railroad, Brown suggested the new name of Bow, after the large railway station in London, England, which in turn was named for the bow or poplar tree. Although this is the most common belief, there are some who believe it was named after homesteader James T. Bow.

Geography and location
Bow is located in Skagit County, Washington, in the Mount Vernon-Anacortes metro area at latitude 48.561N, longitude -122.396W. Bow is located on Samish Bay, and is surrounded by dikes and contains part of a traditional flood plain.

All this for the dear reader who wonders, "Where the hell is Bow, WA?" I certainly did until Meredith cleared up the mystery for me. I think it is not too far from Concrete, WA. as well, where Robert De Niro and Leo De Caprio filmed A BOY'S LIFE like ten years ago.

It is good to hear of the progress you are making on the string quartet. David does not bullshit you. I doubt that you could pay him enough to blow insincere smoke up your skirt.

Glenn

5:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lily Tomlin is a Butch as Rosie. Why couldn't you have quoted one of my witty sayings, dear one? That's alright, I forgive you. But for the edifacation of your readers I include some of my best:

A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.
Emily Dickinson

A wounded deer leaps the highest.
Emily Dickinson

After great pain, a formal feeling comes. The Nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs.
Emily Dickinson

Beauty is not caused. It is.
Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves and immortality.
Emily Dickinson

Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes.
Emily Dickinson

Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.
Emily Dickinson

Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.
Emily Dickinson

Drab Habitation of Whom? Tabernacle or Tomb - or Dome of Worm - or Porch of Gnome - or some Elf's Catacomb?
Emily Dickinson

Dwell in possibility.
Emily Dickinson

Dying is a wild night and a new road.
Emily Dickinson

Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate.
Emily Dickinson

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.
Emily Dickinson

Finite to fail, but infinite to venture.
Emily Dickinson

For love is immortality.
Emily Dickinson

Forever is composed of nows.
Emily Dickinson

Fortune befriends the bold.
Emily Dickinson

He ate and drank the precious Words, his Spirit grew robust; He knew no more that he was poor, nor that his frame was Dust.
Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul - and sings the tunes without the words - and never stops at all.
Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all.
Emily Dickinson

How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!
Emily Dickinson

I argue thee that love is life. And life hath immortality.
Emily Dickinson

I do not like the man who squanders life for fame; give me the man who living makes a name.
Emily Dickinson

I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.
Emily Dickinson

I'm nobody, who are you?
Emily Dickinson

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
Emily Dickinson

If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.
Emily Dickinson

If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.
Emily Dickinson

It is better to be the hammer than the anvil.
Emily Dickinson

Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath.
Emily Dickinson

Luck is not chance, it's toil; fortune's expensive smile is earned.
Emily Dickinson

Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.
Emily Dickinson

My friends are my estate.
Emily Dickinson

Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.
Emily Dickinson

Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually as is thought.
Emily Dickinson

Parting is all we know of heaven, and all we need of hell.
Emily Dickinson

People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.
Emily Dickinson

Saying nothing... sometimes says the most.
Emily Dickinson

Some keep the Sabbath going to Church I keep it staying at Home With a Bobolink for a Chorister And an Orchard for a Dome.
Emily Dickinson

Success is counted sweetest by those who never succeed.
Emily Dickinson

Tell the truth, but tell it slant.
Emily Dickinson

That it will never come again is what makes life sweet.
Emily Dickinson

The brain is wider than the sky.
Emily Dickinson

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.
Emily Dickinson

There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry.
Emily Dickinson

They might not need me; but they might. I'll let my head be just in sight; a smile as small as mine might be precisely their necessity.
Emily Dickinson

They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse.
Emily Dickinson

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
Emily Dickinson

To love is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
Emily Dickinson

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few.
Emily Dickinson

Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it.
Emily Dickinson

Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.
Emily Dickinson

Whenever a thing is done for the first time, it releases a little demon.
Emily Dickinson

Where thou art, that is home.
Emily Dickinson

5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Lane!
I look forward to hearing your new string quartet!!!
Tschuess,
Anonomann

4:29 PM  

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