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All the Light We Cannot See

I’m about halfway through this book and decided to read a bit more about the author, Anthony Doerr. Have any of you read this yet? I’m quite enjoying it so far. And look what I came across in this interview:

My goal might be only to shine a feeble light on some neglected corner of the world, or history, but ultimately my goal is to help us all appreciate the grandeur of this incredibly old and marvelous situation we’ve lucked into it, and that’s a political motivation. It’s the hope that through art we can be awakened; we can be shown the world with new eyes. I’m more interested in what Percy Walker called “the search” in The Moviegoer, that quest for authenticity that his protagonist Binx goes on.“The search,” Binx says, “is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life… To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is despair.” That’s what fiction writing does for me; it helps me feel like I’m onto something, even if I’m fumbling after it, even if I know I can never really grab hold of it.
I’m fumbling with ideas here that I can’t fully articulate, but that, I think, is the real responsibility for a literary writer; to strive toward complexity, toward questions, and away from certainty, away from stereotype.

I’m going to assume “Percy Walker” was a transcription error…

If Walker Percy Had Kittens

Dots and Spots

“Mom, when I was playing with the kittens, I was thinking that the brain is the engine of their Selfs.”

– Expat Minor, Age 6
Recipient of Kittens

At The Jesuit Post – “You Will Become Catholic”

This popped up in my Twitter feed today via Michael B. Dougherty (who is a reason to not un-join Twitter):

It is a Friday in Lent and you have been fasting all day to be in solidarity with Guatemalans and now you hate Guatemalans. Your wife is away, the house is empty. You wander into your younger daughter’s room. She long ago took down all the old posters and pictures. The walls are nearly bare. This happens to be a time in your life when the faith you once held so easily seems to be, not totally lost, just empty. The God whose presence was once felt is now just an idea “assented to”. Truthfully, it hurts. Does it hurt as much as if, say, you lost your mortgage? Who knows? But it does hurt, more than you let on to yourself. It makes everything dark.

You Will Become Catholic

Checking in

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Covington, LA, although this is probably not THE Waffle House. This one is down the street from the Courtyard by Marriott. Still, a suitable location for our Gulf region HQ.

Action Item for Summer

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Un-American

“We take no joy in this, but the board felt it was the right thing to do,” Mayer said in the statement.  “Dov Charney created American Apparel, but the company has grown much larger than any one individual and we are confident that its greatest days are still ahead.”

When reached by phone by a Times reporter, Charney hung up.

American Apparel ousts Dov Charney ‘for cause,’ cites misconduct investigation

I was going to then link to the New York magazine article about Terry Richardson, but I care about you too much to subject you to it, except maybe for this sentence about his assistant:

The day before, she’d had a shamanic cleansing and had been told not to touch anyone for a couple of days, lest she leak bad energy.

Unconscionable Non-Crediting

Unchained

Ms. Thomas said that she hadn’t spoken about conscious uncoupling directly with Dr. Sami or Dr. Sadeghi, but that he used to be her holistic doctor and that he texts her about every three months or so to say, “He loves what I’m doing.” She added her book is “prominently displayed on the coffee tables in their waiting rooms.”

Ms. Thomas sent him a text after she saw the letter on Goop, she said. “I was trying to tell him in a friendly way that it doesn’t bode well for him that he didn’t credit me. That we as professionals and teachers, we take care of each other, we are very respectful of each other’s products and our creations.”

Comment fun time: Create your own euphemism in the hopes that it may one day be appropriated by a holistic doctor to the stars, which would allow us to file suit, so as to amass funds to be used towards sprucing up the break room and maybe getting a couple of company cars.

We Continue to Monitor the Situation

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Happy New Year, y’all.

12/12 on 5-7-5

I don’t want to sound

like a badass but I scored

100 on this.

QUIZ: Can You Tell The Difference Between Famous Poetry And Poetry By 4th-Graders?

Please, let’s all start saving for 2015

Everyone, keep safe from murderous drifters for the next two years at least so we can ALL be in NOLA for Conference 3: Dear God, Please Let This Happen, Don’t Let Me Have Missed My Last Chance, We Can Go Even Without a Conference, Y’all, Please.

Also, we were supposed to go to that restaurant from Garden and Gun.