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Sunday, October 26, 2008
UNDECIDED
posted
4:22 PM
Just arrived in Paris, to find that my wife has sent the following, from the current issue of The New Yorker (October 27, 2008 - page 43), David Sedaris writing in "Shouts and Murmurs". I'm too jet-lagged to managed a proper link, but, really this says it all:

'I don't know that it was always this way, but, for as long as I can remember, just as we move into the final weeks of the Presidential campaign the focus shifts to the undecided voters. "Who are they?" the news anchors ask. "And how might they determine the outcome of this election?"

Then you'll see this man or woman -- someone, I always think, who looks very happy to be on TV. "Well, Charlie," they say, "I've gone back and forth on the issues and whatnot, but I just can't seem to make up my mind!" Some insist that there's very little difference between candidate A and candidate B. Others claim that they're with A on defense and health care but are leaning toward B when it comes to the economy.

I look at these people and can't quite believe that they exist. Are they professional actors? I wonder. Or are they simply laymen who want a lot of attention?

To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. "Can I interest you in the chicken?" she asks. "Or would you prefer the platter of shit with broken glass in it?"

To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked.'

Friday, October 24, 2008
WASSUP 2008
posted
5:25 PM
"Change." .

Thursday, October 23, 2008
SONG FOR SARAH: I WANT TO REAR MY LITTLE HEAD
posted
5:20 PM
The heartbreaking, heartbroken genius that is Boris and Vlad .

Friday, October 17, 2008
I'M NOT PESSIMISTIC EITHER
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4:47 PM


I identify fully with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster !

[Thanks to Paul McCauley for the photograph.]

Thursday, October 16, 2008
PALIN/WURZELBACHER 2012!
posted
11:52 AM
Joe the Plumber. (They might want to consider calling it the Palin/Plumber campaign, actually)

It just makes so much sense, on so many levels, and actually manages to up the national fuckedness factor from where I judge it to stand today. Which is more of a stretch than ever, really.

If this dream ticket seems hopelessly far-fetched, to you, just remember that Karl Rove and I are both huge Borges fans.

Thursday, October 09, 2008
FAILURE OF IMAGINATION
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9:04 AM
The opposite of the Clock of the Long Now.

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