Monday, November 18, 2019

Alibis we've begun to question

Fighting corruption, the story
Al Capone's boys gave for per-
petrating the St Valentine's
Day disturbance on Chicago's
near North Shore, rat-a-tat
artillery billowing fumes of
credibility as they spoke,
strikes us all these days as
a likelier story than the ex-
cuse of setting out for a set
of tennis in a sweater of met-
aphors so garbled as to sport
a hemstitched tartan collar,
juxtaposed with a "US" logo-
type, above a tweed waistband,
with one ear at least plugged
with surveillance gear, and a
necklace dangling pathetically
shorter than a garish red tie.

Bartek Szmigulski
Kit Butler rolls his eyes

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Origins of Wednesday civ: My sweet impeachable you

On the one hand, these seats were not
cheap. On the other, you're right, it
may very well drag on into dinner. So
what are you wearing? You know, there
are bound to be cameras, and names'll
be taken. Suppose they want a number? 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019


What an enviable mind it must be, to guide one in truthful testimony of service as an American Ambassador under treacherous attack by the American President, and bring one through - bring one home - to an unimpaired vitality and peace within oneself, an inner world that is not touched by what an entire political Party wants one to suffer. A witness could take encouragement from someone so fine and honorable.

Marie Yovanovitch
Testimony to a Select
  Committee of the House
  of Representatives of
  the United States
October 11, 2019

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Origins of Wednesday cii: Speaking through the dark

Most people who have friends in California
know people who are cut off from electric
power and are breathing smoke. I have an
arrangement with a friend of mine in the
area of the Point Reyes National Seashore,
to give him a telephone call every morning
at 8:00am Pacific, with the salient news.

The United States is without a sane Presid-
ent, and even without electricity or fire
safety, he tells me this feels like an emer-
gency. One could well imagine, except that
when one does have electricity and amiable
air, all kinds of deficiencies in other as-
pects of life slip into sociable deniabil-
ity. Living in the dark restores critical
thinking to its place in one's survival. 

I can hear, in my morning conversations on
the news with my friend in California, a
renascent clarity of candor combined with
a wholly unprecedented tone of diminution,
as if his rapport with place were broken:

When will you do something to stop this?

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Friday, October 18, 2019

Suppose it were Friday clxxix: People are going to ask

People are going to ask, of course,
if I had been an American when the
President declared it to be a great
day for civilization, saving millions
of lives, to be banished from every
progressive movement in the Middle 
East at the expense of embedding Rus-
sia and stateless terrorism in a piv-
otal dynastic state in the region, in
league with Iran and in a new axis of
convenience with the sole Asian member
of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance.

I suppose I can finagle a letter from
my doctor, excusing me from vigilance.