Fascism for $100, Alex

fasciismI am an educated grown-up who

    • Denies science;
    • Denies evolution;
    • Denies climate change;
    • Considers truthfulness unnecessary?

As a politician I

    • Favor bribes and contributions over the health and welfare of the country;
    • Am ready to destroy the American democracy for personal power and profit;
    • Profess a deeply religious belief but seldom follow the teachings of that religion;
    • Am hypocritical in all I do and say?

I will be influential in

    • The repeal of all women’s rights;
    • The reintroduction of slavery;
    • The extinction of human life;
    • The destruction of the planet?

What is a ….

(Note: They’re not all low-grade idiots .. some are just evil).

Gone With the Wind

ParkerWhat do the following authors all have in common?

  • Dorothy Parker
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Raymond Chandler
  • William Faulkner
  • John Steinbeck
  • Evan Hunter
  • Stephen King
  • Larry McMurtry
  • Dave Eggers
  • Nick Hornsby

Yes, they have all gone to Hollywood and written for the movies. I ran across this historical document online which shows some of the decision making that was behind selecting the writers that would convert Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind onto the 1939 award winning movie.

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The Tragic Irony of the 1950s

YatesRichard Yates has one of his primary characters in Revolutionary Road offer this fantasy view of life:

… I still had this idea that there was a whole world of marvelous golden people somewhere, as far ahead of me as the seniors at Rye when I was in sixth grade; people who knew everything instinctively, who made their lives work out the way they wanted without trying, who never had to make the best of a bad job because it never occurred to them to do anything less that perfectly the first time. Sort of heroic super-people, all of them beautiful and witty and calm and kind, and I always imagined that when I did find them I’d suddenly know that I belonged among them, that I was one of them, that I’d been meant to be one of them all along, and everything in the meantime had been a mistake; and they’d know it too. I’d be like the ugly duckling among the swans. — April Wheeler

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