Friday, April 29, 2011

Epigram, Unh! What is it Good For?

Orin's special conscious horror, besides heights and the early morning, is roaches. There's been parts of metro Boston near the Bay he'd refused to go to, as a child. Roaches give him the howling fantods. The parishes around N.O. Had been having a spate or outbreak of a certain Latin origin breed of sinister tropical flying roaches...”

David Foster Wallace, INFINITE JEST

The next time you step on a cockroach, think about this: the tiny brain you just crushed is loaded with so many antibacterial molecules that it makes prescription drugs look like sugar pills...Cockroach molecules, while being so lethal to bacteria, aren't harmful to human cells...But many issues need to be hashed out before cockroach juice hits the drugstores.”

David DiSalvo, Mental Floss magazine

We continue to call for a true peaceful uprising against the means of mass communication that offers nothing but mass consumption as a prospect for our youth, contempt for the least powerful in our society, and for culture, general amnesia and the outrageous competition of all against all...TO CREATE IS TO RESIST. TO RESIST IS TO CREATE.

Stephane Hessel, INDIGNEZ-VOUS!

In Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), after a medical false alarm, Mickey (Woody Allen) has a crisis—he quits his job and nearly commits suicide, but then he wanders into a showing of the Marx Brothers' DUCK SOUP and finds it funny. He thinks, "What if the worst is true? What if there's no God, and you only go around once and that's it? Well, you know, don't you want to be part of the experience?"

Juliet Lapidos

Rufus T. Firefly: Lieutenant, why weren't the original indictment papers placed in my portfolio?

Bob Roland: Why, uh, I didn't think those papers were important at this time, your excellency.

Rufus T. Firefly: You didn't think they were important? Do you realize I had my dessert wrapped in those papers?


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