True Grit

The Good: The midterm elections are over.

The Bad: A Republican scourge has been unleashed.

The Ugly: Maine voted in a Tea Party governor. Although 62 percent of the electorate didn’t vote for him.

“Knowledge acquired but thrown away,

Ambition battered and bruised.” Yeats

I’m no political pollster or huckster for any party, but four years of a Tea Party governor is going to be irritating. At least in Maine, though, I’m still surrounded by like-minded individuals. And that’s what it’s all about, really, since Maine has a good helping of rugged individuals who are contemptuous of trends, devoted to their work, impossible to seduce of bribe, and love doing what they please.

There’s just enough of that spirit to get me through these four years.

But that’s enough about politics. Right now I could go for bug-eyed scary monsters and women in brass brassieres.

“I have never been able to look upon American as young and vital but rather as prematurely old, as fruit which rotted before it had a chance to ripen.” Henry Miller, The Air-Conditioned Nightmare

“We want wisdom. We want hope. We want to be good. Therefore we sometimes tell ourselves warning stories that deal with the darker side of some of our other wants. As William Blake noted long ago, the human imagination drives the world. Now we’re close to being in control of everything except earthquakes and the weather.” Margaret Atwood


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