"A cow is an exotic sight to the city-born."
A peculiarly sardonic and sententious style? Pompous, perhaps aphoristic moralizing? Or sheer idiocy. Hard to say ...
The death of hard-boozing author Norman Mailer — who stabbed one of his wives while tipsy — spotlights a troublesome fact: Many great writers are alcoholics. A 1989 Washington Post analysis said famous drunken authors include Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, O. Henry, Dorothy Parker, Eugene O’Neill, John O’Hara, Adela Rogers St. John, Truman Capote, Jack London, Edgar Allen Poe, Stephen Crane, Hart Crane, Herman Melville, Ring Lardner, Sherwood Anderson, Dylan Thomas, John Cheever and others. A writer’s lonely life inside the mind, plagued by insecurity, causes vulnerability to hooch, the report concluded."Potpourri," The Charleston Gazette, November 19, 2007
There's no shortage of new capital pouring into alternative energy projects these days. According to the National Venture Capital Association, "clean tech" start-ups attracted more than $800 million in venture capital last quarter, a new record. What's not clear is whether these are fundamentally energy ventures or political ventures. The Manhattan Institute's Peter Huber, a former engineering professor at MIT, exaggerates only slightly when he says that "Basically, 'alternative' means stuff that nobody actually uses." If that turns out to be true, then alternative energy companies could struggle for market share without government assistance."Global Warming, Inc. ," November 29, 2007
For Democrats, Iowa Still Up for GrabsThe bubble bursts. I can hear her throwing that tantrum now.
By Anne E. Kornblut and Jon Cohen, Washington Post Staff Writers
Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) draws support from 30 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa, compared with 26 percent for Clinton and 22 percent for former senator John Edwards (N.C.). New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson received 11 percent. The results are only marginally different from a Post-ABC poll in late July, but in a state likely to set the tone for the rest of the nominating process, there are significant signs of progress for Obama -- and harbingers of concern for Clinton.
The factors that have made Clinton the clear national front-runner -- including her overwhelming leads on the issues of the Iraq war and health care, a widespread sense that she is the Democrats' most electable candidate, and her strong support among women -- do not appear to be translating on the ground in Iowa, where campaigning is already fierce and television ads have been running for months. (link)
The forces of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi stink in the nostrils of the Arab world, and have been—here I borrow some words of Thomas Paine—"in point of generalship … outwitted, and in point of fortitude outdone." Bin Ladenism in Iraq has been dealt a stinging defeat. Surely this is something to celebrate."Something To Give Thanks For," Slate, November 19, 2007