“The Heart of the Matter” : This Is a Poem

Self was reminded of The Eagles when the husband asked son’s friend Finnisey, who fortuitously arrived at self’s humble abode bearing a fabulous guitar, if he could play an Eagles song.  Finnisey said it had “been a while,” but nevertheless was game and sang “Love Will Keep Us Alive.”  Amazing, he knew most of the words.

And then self remembered “The Heart of the Matter,” which always makes her want to weep or collapse into an insensate pile of self-pity, especially when Don Henley sings it:

I got the call today I didn’t wanna hear,
But I knew that it would come,
An old true friend of ours was talkin’ on the phone,
She said you Read the rest of this entry »

Mussolini, May 1930/ Hitler, May 1931

Addressing a crowd in Florence, Mussolini said, “Words are beautiful things, but rifles, machine guns, ships, and airplanes are more beautiful still.”

—  From Nicholson Baker’s Human Smoke:  The Beginnings of World War II, which self began reading today (She skimmed the last 50 pages or so of Jennifer 8. Lee’s The Fortune Cookie Chronicles:  Adventures in the World of Chinese Food: it grew tiresome.  The best essay in the book was the one that explored the origins of the ubiquitous Chinese restaurant offering, General Tso’s Chicken)

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During the showing of a film based on Erich Marie Remarque’s  All Quiet on the Western Front, Joseph Goebbels led two-hundred brownshirts into a movie theater.

As the film played, with Goebbels watching from the balcony, the brownshirts leaped up from their seats and began shouting “Jews out!  Jews out!”

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“We can achieve something only by fanaticism,”  Hitler said during an interview with two editors from “a conservative newspaper,” at the National Socialist German Workers Party headquarters in Munich.  Later, one of the editors described Hitler as “a neurasthenic, a man of enormous egotism, with a tendency towards megalomania.  Sometimes, it was said, he burst into tears.  He left a strong impression, in any case; his chin, under the centerpiece of the mustache, showed great energy.  As he speaks he frequently grimaces, as if he would like to crush his opponent with his teeth.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Times You Wish Would Never End

Today, bright and early, self was at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market.  The weather was bee-yoo-ti-ful!  There were musicians, there was a man who did interesting things with a small red ball balanced on the top of his head, there was a kid whose bones seemed to be made of jell-o, who did jive moves and the Michael Jackson Moonwalk and amazed a crowd of spectators.  Self wound up buying a small jar of lavender salt, a pack of (non-dairy) cinnamon rolls, and some fresh apple Read the rest of this entry »

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