Saturday, July 19, 2008

Quote(s) du Jour

Kerouac on writing as riffing:

...You'll never know what you wanted to say about something till you're scribbling furiously into it, reaching the center, then scribbling out again. This is BLOWING, accidentally and actually finding your center.

~ Some of the Dharma

Orwell on Western Civilization:

It was what he had chosen when he declared war on money. Serve the money-god or go under; there is no other rule.

...He had a vision of London, of the western world; he saw a thousand million slaves toiling and grovelling about the throne of money. The earth is ploughed, ships sail, miners sweat in dripping tunnels underground, clerks hurry for the eight-fifteen with the fear of the boss eating at their vitals. And even in bed with their wives they tremble and obey. Obey whom? The money-priesthood, the pink-faced masters of the world. The Upper Crust. A welter of sleek young rabbits in thousand guinea motor cars, of golfing stockbrockers and cosmopolitan financiers, of Chancery lawyers and fashionable Nancy boys, of bankers, newspaper peers, novelists of all four sexes, American pugilists, lady aviators, film stars, bishops, titled poets and Chicago gorillas.

~ Keep the Aspidistra Flying


Anonymous said...

On the intellectual level, I am glad to see you are continuing to enjoy your Eric Blair collection. Let me know when you get around to the collected essays.

Now, back to Earth, Buckeye, that is. Feel free to draw your own conclusion:


Rodak said...

Let me know when you get around to the collected essays.

I've been reading a few essays in the mix as well. In fact, I took one book of essays out of the library briefly just in order to read "Shooting an Elephant"--on your recommendation. I also enjoyed his essay on Gandhi, which is in a collection that I own.
I find that most, if not all of the ideas expressed in his essays are also present in his fiction, if you read it comprehensively, as I am doing.

Rodak said...

As for the NPR article, MS, why are you telling me about it? Why not raise the subject with the neocon (American for "crypto-fascist") assholes over at RT so they can tell you all about how these women deserve all the grief they get.

An Interested Party said...

He did Rob, and I'm sure they will...