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Monday, October 14, 2013

Thought of the Day

Some people who know me say I'm a dork - I don't watch a lot of football, baseball, my grill skills are lacking, I can't fix anything, I studied English in college and sometimes my fashion can be challenged.

I listen to books on tapes things like "The life and times of George Washington" or Lyndon Johnson's 4 volume biography masterpiece "Passage of Power" or 52 hours of the Rise and Fall of the 3rd Reich, while reading "The Quest - Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World" (which by the way makes the pop-star anti-frackers seem all the more silly in their fluff approach to science) , and "Undaunted Courage" (who knew Merriwether Lewis of Lewis and Clark ended up broke, depressed and then committed suicide!!).  I go to dorky Harvard Club science debates, and search the NYC libraries of Frick, Morgan and Carnegie.  Top that off with the fact that I actually record PBS Nightly Business show and you can see where I'm going with this.

So it should come as no surprise that I was reading a New Yorker critique of the well-received new adaption of Tennessee Williams' 'Glass Menagerie' when the critic, the well known Hilton Als said the following about Jim, one of the main characters I guess -

"He is an amiable Irish-American, a go-getter who's increasingly baffled by his life; he can't break out of his niceness to achieve anything truly great".

"He can't break out of his niceness to achieve anything truly great."  I like that- I get that.  That Y in the road was really clear to me when it arrived on the horizon.

1 comment:

  1. You forgot 'collecting old typewriters' to add to your list of dorkiness.