Eye on the News

Posted in Whatever Else on March 23rd, 2010 by bill

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A historic day today as President Obama signed the hard-won health care reform legislation into law.

But I have to ask: What is Gary Coleman doing there?

Cops love cupcakes

Posted in Picture du jour on March 21st, 2010 by bill

Took these while waiting at the stoplight at the corner of Broadway & 51st.

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Mystery photo of the day

Posted in Picture du jour on March 17th, 2010 by bill

I just found this on my computer. I have no idea what it was supposed to be a picture of, but as an abstract, I rather like it.

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Henry Miller, proofreader

Posted in Read it in books on March 13th, 2010 by bill
How could I resist this picture of Henry Miller playing table tennis with an unnamed young lady?

How could I resist this picture of Henry Miller playing table tennis with an unnamed young lady?

I’ve been filling in one of the many holes in my education by reading Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. This is the first time I’ve actually read one of his books, and I find him pretty much as advertised: egotistical, chauvinistic, and sex-obsessed, but there’s no doubt the man can write.

What did surprise me was to find that Miller, whom I’d always thought of as a swashbuckling type, was actually a proofreader for a while. Here are some of my favorite passages from that part of the book:

I must say, right at the start, that I haven’t a thing to complain about. It’s like being in a lunatic asylum, with permission to masturbate for the rest of your life. The world is brought right under my nose and all that is required of me is to punctuate the calamities.

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I Hate What Now?

Posted in Picture du jour on March 10th, 2010 by bill

I saw this in a parking garage in Walnut Creek this morning. Look at that precision, that perfection of form. Lovely, but what does it mean? Is it a message from some ancient civilization? Did aliens put it there? So many questions, so few answers.

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