Photographs. Anecdotes. And observations on Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

John Waters: deviate genius.

"My movies are a political act against the tyranny of good taste."

John Waters--passing statement on NPR's "Wait, wait, don't tell me."

Why are women cast in motion pictures?

"Often, the woman is in a movie just to make sure the audience knows the guy isn't gay."

-Catherine O'Hara on women in the movie industry.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Narcissistic validation of the self's primacy.

"I can imagine the sick mental pathways by which suicide comes to seem like the one consciousness-quenching substance that nobody can take away from you. The need to have something apart from other people, the need for a secret, the need for some last-ditch narcissistic validation of the self's primacy, and then the voluptuously self-hating anticipation of the last grand score, and the final severing of contact with the world that would deny you the enjoyment of your self-involved pleasure..."

Jonathan Franzen writes on David Foster Wallace's suicide. The New Yorker, April 18th, 2011.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Barber Shop Talk (overheard)

Barber: What would you like?
Client: A Princeton.
Barber: Haven't heard that in awhile.
Client: Is that not what you call it?
Barber: No, that's it. Damn right it's called a Princeton.


"I carry a pistol in my belt and an automatic rifle in my hands when I hunt wild turkey."


"My brother-in-law was diagnosed as a schizophrenic back in the 60's. He thinks Obama is the anti-Christ. I guess that's what you'd expect from a crazy person."


Overheard today while getting my hair cut--M.C.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Being at the right place at the right time.

"Nellie," my next door neighbor's cat. Practice makes...a perfect place to perch.

-Photo by M.C.