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Entries from June 29th, 2012

Tell ‘em anything. But for Sweet Jesus’ sake don’t try to improve their minds – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren 

June 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Tell ‘em anything. But for Sweet Jesus’ sake don’t try to improve their minds – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren  · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics, Progressive Politics

“What we need is a balanced tax program. Right now the ratio between income tax and total income for the state gives an index that-“ “Yeah,” I said, “I heard the speech. But they don’t give a damn about that. Hell, make ‘em cry, make ‘em laugh, make ‘em think you’re their weak erring pal, […]

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Which was his true voice? “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren 

June 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Which was his true voice? “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren  · Politics

But he was saying, “- and so I’m not going to make any speech –“. In his old voice, his own voice. Or was that his voice? Which was his true voice, which one of all the voices, you would wonder.

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he had the face.. creamed and curded like a cow patty in a spring pasture – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren 

June 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on he had the face.. creamed and curded like a cow patty in a spring pasture – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren  · Description, Writing

There were four of us. There was Tiny Duffy, who was almost as big back then as he was to get to be. He didn’t need any sign to let you know what he was. If the wind was right, you knew he was a city-hall slob long before you could see the whites of […]

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If I was to tell you, then you wouldn’t have anything to think about – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren 

June 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on If I was to tell you, then you wouldn’t have anything to think about – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren  · Politics, Quotes

About twelve years later, at a time when the problem of Willie’s personality more imperiously occupied my rare hours of speculation, I asked him, “Boss, do you remember the time we first got acquainted in the back room of Slade’s joint?” He said he did, which wasn’t remarkable, for he was like the circus elephant, […]

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Folks don’t listen to you when your voice is low and patient and you stop them in the hot sun and make them do arithmetic – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren 

June 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Folks don’t listen to you when your voice is low and patient and you stop them in the hot sun and make them do arithmetic – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren  · Campaigning, Policy, Political Communication, Politics, Progressive Politics

You could see Willie standing on a street corner, sweating through his seersucker suit, with his hair down in his eyes, holding an old enveloped in one hand and a pencil in the other, working out figures to explain what he was squaking about, but folks don’t listen to you when your voice is low […]

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Town from the waist up, country from the waist down. Get both votes – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren 

June 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Town from the waist up, country from the waist down. Get both votes – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren  · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics, Quotes

He was just another fellow, made in God’s image and wearing a white shirt with a ready-tied black bow tie and jean pants held up with web galluses. Town from the waist up, country from the waist down. Get both votes.

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When this conscience business starts, ain’t no telling where it’ll stop – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren 

June 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on When this conscience business starts, ain’t no telling where it’ll stop – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren  · Morality, Philosophy, Politics, Quotes

“I have endorsed Callahan,” the Judge said. He didn’t flicker. “I maybe could give you the dirt,” the Boss said speculatively. “Callahan’s been playing round for a long time, and he who touches pitch shall be defiled, and little boys just will walk barefoot in the cow pasture.” He looked up at Judge Irwin’s face, […]

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After a long time Anne wasn’t a little girl anymore – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren 

June 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on After a long time Anne wasn’t a little girl anymore – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren  · Description, Prose, Writing

Adam and I hunted and camped all over the country, and Anne had been there, a thin-legged little girl about four years younger than we were. And we had sat by the fire in the Stanton house – or in my house – and had played with toys or read books while Anne sat there. […]

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If he was hongry we could guile him. But he ain’t hongry. His teeth gone bad – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren 

June 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on If he was hongry we could guile him. But he ain’t hongry. His teeth gone bad – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren  · Political Communication, Politics, Power

“Here, Buck,” the Boss called. Tom Stark prodded the dog with his toe for a little encouragement, but he might just as well have been prodding a bolster. “Buck is gitten on,” Old Man Stark said. “He ain’t right spry anymore.” Then the old man went to the steps and stooped down with a motion […]

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In the Souls of the People – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on In the Souls of the People – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck  · Politics, Progressive Politics, Quotes, Writing

In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.

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