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Entries from January 31st, 2011

Holly and Anzacs – “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” – Truman Capote

January 31st, 2011 · Comments Off on Holly and Anzacs – “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” – Truman Capote · Australian, WW2

On the way home I noticed a cab-driver crowd gathered in front of P. J. Clark’s saloon, apparently attracted there by a happy group of whiskey-eyed Australian army officers baritoning, “Waltzing Matilda.” As they sang they took turns spin-dancing a girl over the cobbles under the El; and the girl, Miss Golightly, to be sure, […]

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Miss Holiday Golightly, Traveling – “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” – Truman Capote

January 31st, 2011 · Comments Off on Miss Holiday Golightly, Traveling – “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” – Truman Capote · Culture

I’d been living in the house about a week when I noticed that the mailbox belonging to Apt. 2 had a name-slot fitted with a curious card. Printed, rather Cartier-formal, it read: Miss Holiday Golightly; and, underneath, in the corner, Traveling. It nagged me like a tune: Miss Holiday Golightly, Traveling.

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The Opening Lines… “Lolita” – Vladimir Nabokov

January 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Opening Lines… “Lolita” – Vladimir Nabokov · Love, Prose, Writing

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was […]

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AM – “I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream” – Harlan Ellison

January 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on AM – “I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream” – Harlan Ellison · Philosophy, Revenge

Oh, Jesus sweet Jesus, if there ever was a Jesus and if there is a God, please please please let us out of here, or kill us. Because at that moment I think I realized completely, so that I was able to verbalize it: AM was intent on keeping us in his belly forever, twisting […]

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Hatred – “I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream” – Harlan Ellison

January 29th, 2011 · Comments Off on Hatred – “I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream” – Harlan Ellison · Philosophy, Revenge

We had given AM sentience. Inadvertently, of course, but sentience nonetheless. But it had been trapped. AM wasn’t God, he was a machine. We had created him to think, but there was nothing it could do with that creativity. In rage, in frenzy, the machine had killed the human race, almost all of us, and […]

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Dangerous to Spectators – “The Geebung Polo Club” – Banjo Patterson

January 29th, 2011 · Comments Off on Dangerous to Spectators – “The Geebung Polo Club” – Banjo Patterson · Poetry, Sport

And the game was so terrific that ere half the time was gone A spectator’s leg was broken — just from merely looking on.

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A Mighty Lot of Dash – “The Geebung Polo Club” – Banjo Patterson

January 28th, 2011 · Comments Off on A Mighty Lot of Dash – “The Geebung Polo Club” – Banjo Patterson · Poetry, Sports

But their style of playing polo was irregular and rash — They had mighty little science, but a mighty lot of dash:

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A Shared Distrust of Reason – “Why I Am Not a Conservative” – Freidrick Hayek

January 28th, 2011 · Comments Off on A Shared Distrust of Reason – “Why I Am Not a Conservative” – Freidrick Hayek · Conservative Politics, Philosophy, Politics

What I have described as the liberal position shares with conservatism a distrust of reason to the extent that the liberal is very much aware that we do not know all the answers and that he is not sure that the answers he has are certainly the rights ones or even that we can find […]

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“Clancy of the Overflow” – Banjo Patterson

January 27th, 2011 · Comments Off on “Clancy of the Overflow” – Banjo Patterson · Australian, Poetry

I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better Knowledge, sent to where I met him down the Lachlan, years ago, He was shearing when I knew him, so I sent the letter to him, Just `on spec’, addressed as follows, `Clancy, of The Overflow’. And an answer came directed in […]

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There was Movement at the Station – “The Man from Snowy River” – Banjo Patterson

January 27th, 2011 · Comments Off on There was Movement at the Station – “The Man from Snowy River” – Banjo Patterson · Australian, Poetry

There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around That the colt from old Regret had got away,

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