Saturday, January 23, 2010

Works Cited

And death shall have no dominion.
Dead men naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

Dylan Thomas

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Coup de Pa

SCOTT: And is your husband hoping for a son?

DIANA: No, he wants another daughter.


Yes. That way he remains king of the house.

Ah. Yes, I remember when we had to depose my father.

DIANA: Really?

My brothers and I launched a coup, then set up a short-lived military junta. After two months we were invaded by the United States, and my father was restored to power. It's because we were spreading revolutionary socialist ideas.


SCOTT: One of my brothers turned out to have a been a CIA plant.


I could go on.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

No Would not Suffice

KISH: And you said you didn't like Avatar?

Kish, I wake up at night in a cold sweat, considering the possibility that there is an alien intelligence out there, scrutinizing our planet, our species, deciding whether or not we should be allowed to exist--and maybe sometime soon this intelligence is going to look down on us, and see Avatar's 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and decide that we're just not worth allowing to survive. And they'll be right.

(See also this.)