Saturday, August 30, 2008


Will be offline

from tonight until Tuesday at the earliest, Thursday at the latest. Going north to see friends and mountains.

See you in September!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Holy flaming spatula

Holy flaming spatula!

Someone in the Republican party reads Bill Luse's blog!

DNC, night four

DNC, night fourth and last

Well! That was fun.

I think Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia wins the gold medal for abusing Sacred Scripture. "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to the mountain 'Move,' and it will move." I'm fairly sure that the faith which moves mountains is not to be equated with faith in the junior senator of Illinois.

Speaking of whom: Sen. Obama did a fairly good job of looking and sounding presidential, but the speech was a forgettable tissue of lefty tropes that floated across my mind like the images in a John Ashbery poem, quickly and without lingering for too long.

Both Al Gore and Bill Richardson mentioned "a woman's right to choose," but neither man referred to what, precisely, the woman would be choosing. Mustn't be too vivid. Some people might find that off-putting. (Obama actually did use the word "abortion," by way of making a pledge to introduce policies that would "reduce unwanted pregnancies."

Early in the afternoon, a young man named Wes Moore (???) was speaking at Invesco Field and said, "Barack Obama does not want you to have faith in him; he wants to you have faith with him." I guess that line was intended to mitigate the concerns of those who see the Obama movement as a kind of cultish worship.

Well. That's over. Bring on the Repubs!



when serpents bargain for the right to squirm
and the sun strikes to gain a living wage--
when thorns regard their roses with alarm
and rainbows are insured against old age

when every thrush may sing no new moon in
if all screech-owls have not okayed his voice
--and any wave signs on the dotted line
or else an ocean is compelled to close

when the oak begs permission of the birch
to make an acorn--valleys accuse their
mountains of having altitude--and march
denounces april as a saboteur

then we'll believe in that incredible
unanimal mankind(and not until)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

DNC, night three

DNC, night three

Biden's speech. Heard maybe half of it on the radio. He can be effective and engaging.

But since I missed the first 10-15 minutes, perhaps someone can tell me: Did he mention anything about partial-birth abortion or gay marriage or race quotas? Or any of those other wonderful things about which Democrats tend to be so enthusiastic?

I'm guessing no.

So far, it looks like Sen. Obama is not getting the expected "convention bounce." McCain's actually leading in some polls.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Prayers by the lake

Prayers by the lake

Of an Eastern Orthodox saint, found here!

DNC, night two

The DNC, night two

Nothing to report, really. I slept through hollery Hillary's speech. Also missed my governor.

Bob Casey, Jr., or his speechwriter, has a sense of humor. I chuckled at that line about McCain ("He's not a maverick, he's a sidekick"). Too bad Casey's such a squish on the most important issue of the day.

Addendum, Wednesday, 11.30 am : I've now seen some clips of Hillary. That line "sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits" was pretty good -- the closest that a Clinton has ever come to being mildly self-deprecating.

Oh, yes, and how could I forget Dennis Kucinich? He could have been a little more animated, no?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

DNC, night one

The DNC, night one

In between the earlier speeches, during one of those musical interludes, a little girl was heard singing Alicia Keys' "No One"; quite the voice! Couldn't have been much more than 10 or 11.

Ted Kennedy: Looked much better than I thought he would. It would have been better if he could have expended his energy, battling against illness, in the service of a nobler cause.

Michelle Obama: News bulletin! The "t" in the word often is silent.

The Obama daughters: Way. Too. Cute.

Colbert on Hillary

I would have asked her to be more tenacious and more "never say die." I feel like she gave in too easily. I would have said, "Do not go gentle into that good night." I would've gotten Bill out there more.

Stephen Colbert in response to an interviewer asking how he would have run Hillary Clinton's campaign differently, in the September Reader's Digest

Monday, August 25, 2008

New blog!

A brand-new blog!

By my mom, as it happens. Go see! Leave a kind, encouraging comment!

Dylan Thomas

The lunar silences, the silent tide [...]

Dylan Thomas, from "We Lying by Seasand"

Sunday, August 24, 2008



Catholics Against Joe Biden

Catholics Against Joe Biden

Here. Apposite quotations from Archbishop Chaput and Deal Hudson, among others.

Hudson : "Our Church is no longer a place where telling a few 'Pat and Mike' jokes and stories about Notre Dame football or Georgetown basketball can take the place of basic Catholic beliefs."

More of the cento

More of the cento!

Meredith has revealed part of her Dylan Thomas cento in Enchiridion's comment-box. We eagerly await the whole enchilada!

Meanwhile, here's my (somewhat inadequate) effort at a Dylan Thomas cento:

For as long as forever is,
Genesis in the root, the scarecrow word
Praised the sun
With no more desire than a ghost.

And nightly under the simple stars
I labour by singing light
With dry flesh and earth for adorning and bed.

The things of light
Raise up this red-eyed earth
Like wooden islands, hill to hill.

Over the choir minute I hear the hour chant:
Roaring, crawling, quarrel
In the last element
Possessed by the skies.
Your heart is luminous
On a star of faith pure as the drifting bread
And the shipyards of Galilee's footprints hide a navy of doves.

Purple Prose

Given the color

of the text of this blog, how come no one's ever accused me of writing purple prose?

Just wondering.

Duran Duran

And a critical exegesis ...

of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf" -- your smile of the day, via TSO.


Kathleen Norris's remedies for acedia

In German and English bei Scipio.