[lit-ideas] Re: Sunday Twofer

  • From: John McCreery <john.mccreery@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2012 11:21:06 +0900

Serendipitously, I am in the midst of a conversation in another forum about
the nature of the good life.


On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM, David Ritchie <profdritchie@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:

> everyone is busy
> it's you and not unusual
> everyone pursues happiness
> it's true and not out of the question
> everyone is in pain
> we have aspirin
> everyone will die
> you and i
> sooner or later we'll get pie in the sky
> or the earth beneath our feet
> the lumpy bit
> where the rain goes to drain and where bacteria do whatever it is they do
> to roots
> there we'll be or
> floating and dusty emerging from the crematorium chimney
> our calendar cleared
> no more appointments
> the no show at the meeting
> this is our fate
> as unavoidable as the lovely fresh leather smell of my schoolboy satchel
> a sign that i must go to school
> as unavoidable as geography tests on the morrow
> as true as a pencil turned by any pencil sharpener
> as true as a wooden slide or other rule
> quite as sad as a bottle of quink leaking onto my rubber banded plastic mac
> staining the leather
> the first guy to teach me orwell got hit by a truck
> the second could still be alive for all i know
> neither of them had much time for hemingway
> the first guy to teach me orwell was an admirer
> not merely of the clarity of his prose
> but of the man's decency
> the second was a revolutionary who wanted to strip bare
> middle class pretension masquerading
> as concern for the worker
> for both hemingway was not a man from michigan
> he was an american
> foreign
> someone drinking wine in paris
> an ex-pat
> when the down and outs of london dreamed of beds
> dripping and chips
> hemingway was recording the measure of scott fitzgerald's
> (see wikipedia under "a moveable feast")
> David Ritchie,
> Portland,
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John McCreery
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