Saturday, August 25, 2012

On Kalishnikovs, Pirates and Other Flotsam

"Kalashnikov told Hodges that he thought his invention had become a golem. (The figure from Jewish mythology that grows too powerful for its creator and wreaks destruction.)
He wished that instead he had created a lawnmower."
Review of  Michael Hodges' AK47: The Story of a People's Gun.

"The rise of the novel coincided with the emergence of the nation state." Orhan Pamuk.

"My old and grubby gods," Freud on his collection of antiquities.

"The following program of Foreign Correspondent contains scenes of whaling that may distress some viewers."
ABC Oct. 9th. 2007.

The Pirate
He boarded her
he set her alight
he burned her to the waterline.

"It's all about the vision,
about the pleasure
and the trouble of it all."
John Kinsella, Fast Loose Beginnings.

"A tremendous thing happened when Dean met Carlo Marx. Two keen minds that they are, they took to each other at the drop at a hat. Two piercing eyes glanced into two piercing eyes - the holy con-man with the shining mind, and the sorrowful poetic con-man with the dark mind that is Carlo Marx."
When Neal Cassady met Allan Ginsberg, as recounted by Jack Kerouac in On the Road.

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