Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pillow Book: not likely to inspire nor earn Jesus's approval

A few things this week that, nevertheless, HAVE inspired or amused me...

1) The preface to The Bucolic Plague (and, by the way, what a great title):

"This is a memoir of a certain time in my life. The names of some characters have been changed, and some are composites of various people, experiences, and conversations I had then. If you think that’s unfair, you’ve obviously never lived in a small town and written a memoir about your neighbors." [i.e. Fran and her Marrowbonites]
Author’s Caution
This book is not about living your dream. It will not inspire you. You will not be emboldened to attempt anything more than making a fresh pot of coffee.

The author reminds you that there are plenty of other memoirs out there written by courageous souls who have broken with their past, poetically leaving behind things such as:
1. Drugs and/or Drinking
2. Career Ennui*
3. Bad Relationships

…and have successfully achieved goals such as:
1. Creative Fulfillment
2. The Simple Life
3. Jesus’s Approval"

*See Gilmore Girls episode where Michel and Sookie come down with ennui.
2) Included in the October 4 entry of The Awe-Manac: A Daily Does of Wonder...

“When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So, what the hell, leap!” Cynthia Heimel

I knew little about Heimel, but I really enjoyed this quote. A quick glance at Wikipedia later, I discovered that Heimel is a playwright and author (known for her satirical social commentary) who spent years working for Playboy after being shunned by both academic and feminist organizations (for being too provocative) and by women's magazines for seeming too angry. She was later fired from Playboy when producers decided that she was alienating men with her "empowerment" nonsense...

I stumbled upon this one as well...

"Never judge someone by who he's [she's] in love with; judge him [her] by his [her] friends. People fall in love with the most appalling people."Cynthia Heimel

I have awesome friends.
3) I saw this on a friend's Facebook page earlier in the week. I really, really want to put this up in the library.
Especially when we have the likes of this one coming in.

I just love the art & whimsy of this one...

1 comment:

  1. You do have great friends. ;)

    I may make my children memorize the Heimel quote for school tomorrow. We all need a good quote to hang our hats on when we are about to make a fool of ourselves.

    And don't you dare send my children home with a kitten. An espresso for their mother, however...