G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

H. P. Lovecraft: "What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!"

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Chelsea Clinton's Wedding and The Godfather

Francis Ford Coppola:
“Both the Mafia and America have roots in Europe……Basically, both the Mafia and America feel they are benevolent organisations. Both the Mafia and America have their hands stained with blood from what is necessary to do to protect their power and interests. Both are totally capitalistic phenomena and basically have a profit motive.”

It was widely reported in Indian newspapers on July 31 2010 that "Chelsea Clinton's future father-in-law is a convicted fraudster".

Why should it matter?

This is what Sarah Churchwell said about President J F Kennedy's- whose portrait in 1970's hung even in 'lowly' corner restaurant called Bharat Bhuvan (भारत भुवन) in Miraj- father:

"...In his monetary dealings, Joe Kennedy was a democrat: he would screw almost anyone. Otherwise, his politics were closer to fascism: his advice to the overwhelmingly Jewish heads of film studios during the second world war was to appease Hitler by ceasing to make "anti-Nazi pictures". What Kennedy learned best from Hollywood, however, was the importance of branding and myth-making: he was an early manipulator of the cult of personality. His talent for pious façades camouflaging covert manipulation only came to fruition with his sons' political careers, as he instructed them: "It's not what you are, but what people think you are that is important.".."

Is that the second reason- because first is obvious- following picture reminded me of Sonny Corleone (James Caan) from Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather"?



Artist: Mike Luckovich