"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

Saturday, May 31, 2014


Capital Eats the World by Suresh Naidu

Friday, May 30, 2014

Chastity Bites


Welfare economics: an introduction (part 1 of a series) by Steve Randy Waldman

Bend It Like Beckham

Just saw the movie again. Parminder Nagra's character Jess is destined by tradition to marry and become a mother and housewife. But she loves soccer (football) and is good it at. She gets to do what she wants with the help of her coach Joe, her father and her friends Jules and Tony. She didn't build that.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Elizabeth Bishop was allergic to peanuts.

She was in Brazil during the 1964 coup d'├ętat.

Amy Poehler memoir

I was a fan of Upright Citizens Brigade way back when:

Just as I was a fan of Colbert on Exit 57.

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Normal Heart

The Media Forgets That AIDS Is Still an Epidemic, But Hollywood Doesn't. 'The Normal Heart' is a damning indictment of our government's negligence by Eric Sasson

Wow all of the actors were really, really good. Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch, Alfred Molina, etc. Brad Pitt was one of the executive producers.