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Passion's Glory
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"Still plenty of time to absolutely hate it & want to kill it with fire (it IS a Zebra, after all) but the bored ragey annoyance hasn't kicked in yet. So far so good. :D" Feb 21, 2021 05:15AM

 
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"When the Watergate Babies came in, "Wright Patman lost his chairmanship on Currency & Banking, not for being a reactionary but solely for his age. 'You can't have an 81-year-old chairman,' even one who 'was a hero to 90 percent of us,' a young insurgent of the first Congress in history with an average age under 50 told the AP."

*stares in DiFi & Pat Leahy (a WG baby BTW!)*"
Feb 03, 2021 02:54PM

 
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“I am king of the Romans, and above grammar.”
Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor

George Orwell
“A Yorkshireman in the South will always take care to let you know that he regards you as an inferior. If you ask him why, he will explain that it is only in the North that life is 'real' life, that the industrial work done in the North is the only 'real' work, that the North is inhabited by 'real' people, the South merely by rentiers and their parasites. The Northerner has 'grit', he is grim, 'dour', plucky, warm-hearted and democratic; the Southerner is snobbish, effeminate and lazy - that at any rate is the theory. Hence the Southerner goes north, at any rate for the first time, with the vague inferiority-complex of a civilized man venturing among savages, while the Yorkshireman, like the Scotchman, comes to London in the spirit of a barbarian out for loot.”
George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier

George Orwell
“All nationalistic distinctions -- all claims to be better than somebody else because you have a different-shaped skull or speak a different dialect -- are entirely spurious, but they are important so long as people believe in them.”
George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier

Neil Postman
“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism.

Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumble puppy.

As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists, who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny, “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.”

In 1984, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that our desire will ruin us.”
Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

T. Harry Williams
“He habitually wears an expression as if he had determined to drive his head through a brick wall, and was about to do it.”
T. Harry Williams, McClellan, Sherman, and Grant

The Bounty Hunter and the Actress (Romance)
2 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:31PM
Description: Jason Nichols, a bounty hunter, assists an actress in tracking down her husband, whom she thought was long dead. Based on the Steve McQueen western series "Wanted: Dead or Alive" and written with a category historical format in mind.
Greasepaint Anthology (Poetry)
5 chapters   —   updated May 14, 2012 09:44AM
Description: A <i>Spoon River Anthology</i>-style series with 19th century performers speaking from the grave.
The Gift (Drama)
4 chapters   —   updated May 14, 2010 06:49PM
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