commented on Vladimir Nabokov Writing About Dorothy Parker's Short Story "Lolita": "I am dreadfully upset by the following coincidence..."
@6 I was about to say that half of your taste sucks, but others did before me.
Lolita is an amazing book. Steinbeck, Lee, Bronte, Salinger could put together a book, but they were just on different levels.
It's not really relevant at all here, but I'm just going to note that if Virginia Woolf had been a man she'd be close to the top of a lot more lists. She and Joyce have different strengths but I'd say Ms. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse can be placed above portrait and right alongside Ulysses. I will grant that it is hard for anything on earth to compete with Ulysses.
@14 I can't help demoting Huckleberry Finn because of the silly plot contrivances at the end. In terms of greatest American Novels, I can't really think of anything better than Lolita. In my view the science fiction writer Gene Wolfe is perhaps as brilliant as Nabokov in his own way.
commented on Kshama Sawant Goes National
There is kind of a cliche that socialists take themselves way too seriously, don't have a sense of humor, can't laugh at themselves, maybe miss when they are going on and on a bit (ranting). Sincerity, humility, and humor are all qualities you need to learn how to fake if you're going to try to be a successful politician in the U.S.
commented on The Mood at the City Council?
What are the odds that each one will vote for Sawant for Council President, assuming that she will be the least popular choice. That could make a good movie...
commented on An Incomplete Account of This Morning's Mars Hill Twit-War
@25 - http://www.theonion.com/articles/recentl…
Recently Born-Again Christian Finally Has Social Life (The Onion)
"GASTONIA, SC–Eight months ago, Larry Dunne was alone. He didn't have a friend in the world. But all that changed with his baptism at the New Hearts Fundamentalist Church. Ever since becoming a born-again Christian, Dunne has a friend through Jesus. "Let's see, there's Richard and Janet and Craig," said Dunne, a data technician at Quill Paper Distribution. "Oh, and Brent, too. He stands next to me in the choir. Now that I'm saved, I've got a whole bunch of friends."
commented on Ask Pastor Mark Anything
I have a two part question: At what stage in your role as Mars Hill pastor did you decide give up using prostitutes (domestically), and why won't you call my mom, send money, or admit to the world that I'm your son?