Thursday, March 19, 2009

no bore Borges

I've been reading Jorge Luis Borges since forever. One senses infinite time in his writing, akin to Archibald MacLeish's poems. He presents you with an environment that surprises and tickles the mind. And I enjoy Borges's labyrinths and infinite libraries. Bridges always seem to pop up in my fiction and carry similar symbolic value.

I'd always checked him out from the library, so finally last week I splurged a few dollars at ABEbooks.com and ordered Labyrinths, A Universal History of Infamy, Dr. Brodie's Report, The Book of Imaginary Beings, The Book of Sand, The Aleph and Other Stories, and Ficciones. (Seven books for about $50 -- I love ABE.) A few arrived this week, so I'm going to be curling up for a while.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

you WANT a not guilty plea?!

Okay, so Bernard Madoff was caught for his Ponzi scheme. He says he knew what he was doing and knew he'd get caught one day. He says he's sorry and pleads guilty. To everything.

Some of the bilked wanted a trial, allegedly to bring more details to light.

This seems silly. The feds' investigation should be sufficient. I can't think of any reason to bring Madoff to a public trial except for the satisfaction of hearing him pronounced guilty.

Enough money has been lost on Madoff. Let's not waste any more.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

cynical about stupidity

I'm not a member of SEIU and the more I hear about them, the less I'd want to be. Check out this email from their president, who sounds like he was just browsing Youtube and came across the video -- but neglects to chop off the bit where his web producer asks for his approval. One could read it either way, but Stern's words have a disingenuous feel.

from Andy Stern
to {friend}
date Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 9:54 AM
subject Hey

{friend's name},

Check out this video. It's hard to believe they actually said those things.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOM0AMUqviY

- Andy

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:
From: "Michael Whitney"
Date: March 2, 2009 9:32:51 PM EST
To: "Andy Stern"
Subject: video

Hi Andy -

We finished the "horror" video. If you're OK with how it looks, feel free to send it around.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOM0AMUqviY

Thanks for your help.

Michael