"It is easy to confuse what is with what ought to be, especially when what is has worked out in your favor."
- Tyrion Lannister

"Lannister. Baratheon. Stark. Tyrell. They're all just spokes on a wheel. This one's on top, then that's ones on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel."

- Daenerys Targaryen

"The Lord of Light wants his enemies burned. The Drowned God wants them drowned. Why are all the gods such vicious cunts? Where's the God of Tits and Wine?"

- Tyrion Lannister

"The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are."

- Jorah Mormont

"These bad people are what I'm good at. Out talking them. Out thinking them."

- Tyrion Lannister

"What happened? I think fundamentals were trumped by mechanics and, to a lesser extent, by demographics."

- Michael Barone

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."
- Dorothy Parker

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Greta Gerwig has a new movie.
He was struck by her combination of “über-intellectual” and “every-girl connectivity,” he said, “which I find is very rare.”
“She intellectually understands what a lot of her problems are, as her characters, and yet is still incapable of overcoming those problems, which is something we all share and understand,” he said, “and she embodies that very naturally.”         ...
But Ms. Gerwig’s real style is not overtly sexy; she was carrying a backpack and wearing penny loafers, her favorite shoes, with the pennies. (She has three pairs: red, black and “businesswoman brown.”) She has been quietly dating Mr. Baumbach since September and likes NPR and reading the personals in The New York Review of Books.         
Chris Hughes, a Renly for our times as in an admirable gay leader who is interested in public service. The article says he follows Olivia Wilde on Twitter. She was(is?) in the popular show House, played the hottie in Tron: Legacy and Alexander Cockburn is her uncle. From the piece:
The evening was his debut in New York’s clubby literary society. Robert Silvers, the longtime editor of The New York Review of Books being honored that night, offered Mr. Hughes a warm hello. Ken Auletta, an author and New Yorker writer, nodded approvingly as he passed Mr. Hughes on the way out.
Krugman's new book excerpted in the New York Review of Books.

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