Anne of Green Gables

I just listened to Anne of Green Gables in its entirety on LibraVox--a site for free public domain audiobooks read by volunteers from around the world.  There's a lot be listened to in this online resource!

What a wholesome, fun, and nostalgic story!

Although it does become almost sickeningly so.  I wonder how many times L. M. Montgomery uses the word 'imagination' or 'kindred spirit' in this book and in the other Anne books?  Or "depths of despair", lol.  Anne's constantly "using her imagination", or assessing another person's imagination, or bemoaning him/her for not having one.  And all of the rejoicing over the kindred spirits that come across her path, or discerning that a person is in fact a kindred spirit behind a rough exterior, ugh.  The plot also has a tiresome pattern of Anne causing a comical humiliating fiasco and then, after the subsequent falling out, managing to win over the upset person(s) with her irresistible personality--for example in Anne's outburst to Rachel Lynde, her baking fiasco with Mrs. Allen the Paster's wife, when she unintentionally gets Diana Berry drunk, and when she accidentally jumps on Diana's Aunt in bed.  I read that after writing several of the Anne books that Montgomery became tired of the Anne character and I don't blame her!


Looking for Mary by Beverly Donofrio

Really surprised by Beverly Donofrio's book Searching for Mary.  After reading Donofrio's memoir Riding in Cars with Boys I'd safely put her into a I-hate-religion-and-Catholicism-in-particular box.  I guess because she's wildly promiscuous and a staunch feminist, it seemed she'd find a religion that teaches chastity and is (perceived to be) sexist viscerally repulsive.  Oh, and her experience of losing her childhood due to motherhood at the age of 17 seemed to have turned her off of God entirely.

And yet she swallowed it!  The whole mouthful!  I could hardly believe it.  In this spiritual memoir, Donofrio Confesses her sins, receives Communion, attends daily Mass, prays rosaries constantly,  and visits Medjugorje, that haven for the most saccharine of all the Marian fanatics.  Almost hilarious, honestly.   To read on the one hand her experiences of working with NPR and the on the other miracles associated with her crying statue of the BVM!


The Heart

In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.

I said, "Is it good, friend?"
"It is bitter--bitter," he answered;
"But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart."

Stephen Crane


Saw Chuck Klosterman the other day.....


He lets himself go and it's trendy (whereas the rest of us would look slovenly).
He engages in conspiracy theories and it's kitsch.  (Probably because he dabbles in them but endorses the mainstream perspective, and despite his claim to resort to reason in all things says he doesn't know if fire can melt steel!)

Just the sound of his voice, after listening for awhile, became wince inducing; it's quirkiness reflects bubblegum pop.  A brainwshed set of opinions that appeal to nothing but popularity.  Reason floats in and out.  The real criteria is being in alignment with the accepted (ie NYT) perspective.

He's totally banal, recalling the line "Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for this is how their ancestors treated the false prophets."  A lot of people were at this talk, I mean to say.  Relished his every word.

I don't know.  He may have some insight into football, or rock music, but outside of that, derive your information elsewhere.  A totally faux edginess to this guy.  I mean, he worked for the New York Times.  Give me a break.  That's not edgy at all.  That's quite established.  And we all know how idiotic the establishment is.


Circuitous Rant

I found this tweet a little disturbing.  I wonder how many children will end up seeing this movie?  Judging from the fact that it's (yet ANOTHER!!!!) Seth Rogan movie, it's probably entrenched in filth.

And yes I am going to go here......why is this guy given the green light to produce filth, over and over again?  The simple answer is that he's a Jew, of course.

Oh, and can you believe it?  Hollywood's putting out another Holocaust movie this year; this time it's Anthropoid.  When are the goy going to put their foot down and say enough of this nonsense?  We've been inundated with these g-d Jewish pity parties, beginning, probably, with Marathon Man in 1976.

Also on Twitter, I recently discovered that if you google 'white man white women', the result (in both images and articles) is a bunch of inter racial couples.  So bizarre.  I'm not going to try to interpret what the motivation is behind this overt manipulation, but suffice it to say that we're living in a country that makes every bit as much of an effort to control our minds and the information we receive as China.  And don't we love to caricature China as woefully totalitarian, and the Chinese as pitiably oppressed, and unfree?

That's probably the American's greatest delusion; this idea that we're living in a free country with free information.  NOT!!  Not quite.  Not quite at all.