Some Stuff to Read

1. This poem is so good. I love the tension between the really formal sense of it and the superheros. I don’t know. It just delights me.

1a. Man, I am honored to be included in with writers like this. Did I tell y’all my parents read “Bone”? And my dad called and was all “They published that? What? They couldn’t tell you were just ripping off ‘The Sword in the Stone’?” “No, Dad, that’s the point. To retell old stories.” “Oh, well, then, you did that pretty good.”

2. Roger Abramson raises a good point. Most voters don’t know anything about you and you want to assure them that your vast wealth isn’t a problem? Um, they didn’t yet know you were wealthy. And now they’re pissed you’re not in a Barbershop Quartet. Okay, that last part is just me.

3. Ron Ramsey doesn’t care about dead babies. That seems like a strange platform to run for Governor on, but okay. For the Republicans, we’ve got The Rich Guy, Tennessee’s Angriest Gubernatorial Candidate, and the Baby Hater. Good luck with that vote, conservative friends.

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5 thoughts on “Some Stuff to Read

  1. As long as we keep talking about infant mortality in terms of Memphis (which unfortunately is like Lee Atwater talking “states’ rights”) rather than as a statewide problem, we are going to meet resistance on funding infant mortality programs … because, as far as the Baby Hating Dick Boot Guy is concerned, it’s not a matter that his constituency cares about.

  2. ““They published that? What? They couldn’t tell you were just ripping off ‘The Sword in the Stone’?” “No, Dad, that’s the point. To retell old stories.” “Oh, well, then, you did that pretty good.””

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Tell your Dad he cracked me up.

    You did way more than re-tell any one particular story. You wove the archetypes of many of them into something entirely new, and did it beautifully.

  3. Hey, since you mentioned poetry, can I just ask for a moment of silence in honor of Andrei Voznesenskii, who died yesterday? He was one of the great ones of our times. “Goya,” the poem translated in the obit I linked to, is one of the most astounding things you’ll ever hear.

    /derail

  4. Sorry to hear Voz is gone, but I appreciate the mention as I had missed the obit. Gotta admire a writer who could make his own government so nervous in the ’60s by drawing huge crowds without state approval.

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