Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Family. Friends. Freedom.

All the latest breakthroughs in pharmaceuticals and exercise and diet are keeping me alive for another day.  (I remember when the horizon was endless and incomprehensible; now the Verizon is wireless and there are many, many plans from which to choose the one perfect for you and every member of your family.)  So here goes.

In reading from the kelp wrack of writing about the imminent death of reading and writing, one encounters thoughtful observations that connect authoritarian control of “the people” to the lack of critical thinking caused by the deliberate devaluation of the written word.  This condition has been popularized by the phrase “amusing ourselves to death,” that so long as we are agog in hermetic world of social media, and breathlessly keeping up with the Kardashians, we are paying scant attention to the personal infringements on liberty and the environmental depredations  being created and perpetuated by the ruling class. We are arresting ourselves.  Eric Hoffer wrote:   “Those who are awed by their surroundings do not think of change, no matter how miserable their condition.”  So bring on the circus, the games, the festivals, the must see t.v., the hash tags, the tweets, the retweets.  It’s all good.

It is possible, however to watch t.v. and read, for example, John Keats. 

 John Keats / John Keats / John / Please put your scarf  on.”

I imagine Keats, and his contemporaries Percy and Mary Shelley, William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge, Lord Byron sitting at the CafĂ© Calypso on Avenida Del Mar in San Clemente, California.  Mary might have written something like: “I thought the food was probably going to be ‘just ok’ however when my Breakfast Croissant was delivered, I was pleasantly surprised. It was perfectly warmed slightly crunch on the outside and the ham was generous as was the provolone and tomato which blended together into yummy bites. I loved my sandwich. My husband chose the waffles and he gave me a bite - they were warm and had just enough syrup, whipped cream and fresh strawberries. The guys had the Breakfast Bagel and the Breakfast Sandwich and the pitaya bowl. These are picky eaters and they all commented several times how much they enjoyed their food.”

And now that we’re in verano puro, there’s a new entry in Summer Sessions.

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