"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

Wednesday, June 27, 2012



Okay I saw another contender for saddest movie ever alongside The Sweet Hereafter and Bridge to Terabithia. It's 2001 movie titled Things Behind the Sun* and stars Kim Dickens as a messed up musician who was raped as an adolescent. It's not that these movies are tearjerkers. They're sad to an extent that they're existentially horrifying.** I've always liked Dickens who was in Deadwood among other good things.*** She's 47 and according to IMDB she "made her stage debut in a student production of David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" at Vanderbilt University." So maybe she graduated the year before I arrived from Chicago. I visited a friend's brother the year before attending so maybe we were at the same bar or party. Yeah probably not.

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* The title is taken from a Nick Drake song (see above). In 1999, "Pink Moon" was used in "Milky Way", a Volkswagen Cabrio commercial, leading to a large increase in his record sales. The song plays at the end of the movie or over the credits, I forget which, maybe both. The film was directed and written by Allison Anders. When writing fiction in high school and or at college (in a fiction class with New Republic writer Michelle Cottle) I'd often use pop songs as spring boards for my fiction as Anders does here. Supposedly the movie is semi-autobiographical.
** As in Edvard Munch's The Scream. One of the things that makes these movie the best sad films, is that their young characters have a redeeming humanity and resilience in the face of tragedy (Although what doesn't kill you doesn't necessarily make you stronger. It can fuck you up royally basically ending your chances at a "normal" life.)
*** I haven't watched Treme but will check it out now. A new seasons starts this fall. (Adolph Reed Jr. doesn't like the show, comparing it unfavorably with The Wire.)

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