Paul Ryan has the eyes of a cold-blooded killer. He's a good liar, but not a gifted liar like his boss, Mitt. (America likes a gleeful con man. It gives them hope.) Ryan lies, but with a hangdog look, as if his consc...Views: 648
Quotations from Big Bird: "Hello, boys and girls. Welcome to Sesame Street!" "Let's take a break, Elmo!" "A question is what you ask someone when you want to find something out." "...Views: 807
"I love Big Bird, but I'm still going to fire him!" revealed Mr. Mitt Romney, in the agonizing First Debate of the United States of America Presidential Contest, 2012. The naked relish with which this Republican stan...Views: 1091
This is my guru, so it's difficult to be objective. These are discourses mostly from the late 70s and early 80s. (I like how they cite the place also, at the essay's end: "15 October 1979 Morning, Nagpur".) Baba (as ...Views: 634
I'm proud of my friend Marcus for defending the indefensible -- the multiple, maddening and redundant copies produced by contemporary capitalism -- without defending capitalism itself. In Praise of Copying, his lates...Views: 736
I liked this book better before I read it -- the distinguished black cover, with its thought-provoking illustration: the profile of a man's head, in white, with a smaller, multicolored profile inside, superimposed by...Views: 655
This is what's known in the trade as a "double," two books that are bound together. Almost always, each is upside down in relation to the other. As far as I know, they are always paperbacks, and they were usually pub...Views: 565
A vain politician named Mitt As president wanted to Sitt. He said, "I'll keep 'God' On our money,"* and trod About, neither with wisdom nor Witt. *Mitt Romney seems to th...Views: 1682
When you read the exquisite poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, you imagine that the poet knew numerous elusive, intuitive truths. Well, guess what? He did! And he poured them out to a virtual nonentity, a guy named Franz Kappus...Views: 1007
I saw "The Pronouns (Experiment #2)" by Clarinda Mac Low at Mount Tremper Arts on June 9. The show began outside the hall, with two children hopping on a trampoline, while a man shouted out instructions from The Pron...Views: 683
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Sparrow avoids refined sugar and National Geographic magazine, but he enjoys all jokes, including:
Tourist: Excuse me, but do you have a pumpkin patch?
Farmer: Why, do you have a leaky pumpkin?
His latest book is America: A Prophecy -- The Sparrow Reader (www.softskull.com).