Blogs, et cetera

Being the various and occasional thoughts and remarks of this one and that one….

1:   eggcorns

ex-patriot instead of expatriate
mating name instead of maiden name
on the spurt of the moment instead of on the spur of the moment
preying mantis instead of praying mantis

Eggcorns instead of acorns

2:   Sharp nostalgia, infinite and terrible

Nostalgia aguda, infinita, terrible,
de lo que tengo.

Juan Ram├│n Jim├®nez

3:   Es mas triste

Es triste amar sin ser correspondido,
pero es mas triste acostarse sin haber comido.
– Elsiana Guido y Carol Nosko

4:   Woman Moderator of Presidential Debate


“Incredible! Already, over 150,000 people have joined the call for a woman moderator at a presidential debate this year.

“That’s some serious momentum. And we want to get the numbers even higher before joining the original petition creators, three high school girls from New Jersey, to hand the petition signatures over to the Presidential Debates Commission and the two presidential campaigns next week. It looks like you haven’t signed yet and we’re hoping you will before the big delivery.”

juan’s response:

I prefer Gwen. I’m still researching Maddow’s agenda. She has written a book called ‘Drift’ whose theme and title imply that the decades-long military build up is not the intentional establishment of a world empire in the ‘new world order.’ She does not mention authorities in the field, such as Chalmers Johnson, Noam Chomsky or Steve Coll. Is this omission intentional?

5:   If…

If you’re hungry, pray. If you’re tired,
Pray to Gandhi and Dorothy Day.
Shakespeare. Sappho. Sojourner Truth.
Pray to the angels and the ghost of your grandfather.

Ellen Bass

6:   not the angry poor

not the angry poor sacking the mansions of the indolent rich, but the aggrieved rich burning down the huts of the presumptuous and troublesome poor.

Lewis Lapham

7:   commonly ignored issues




the ide

hell’s bell

8:   I am dead because

I am dead because I lack desire,
I lack desire because I think I possess,
I think I possess because I do not try to give;

Trying to give, you see you have nothing,
Seeing you have nothing, you try to give of yourself,
Trying to give of yourself, you see that you are nothing,
Seeing that you are nothing, you try to become,
Trying to become, you begin to live.

Ren Daumal


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