hope: a tragedy-shalom auslander

“While there’s never a good time to find Anne Frank in your attic, this was a particularly bad time.” (41)

“Fucking glutens, he grunted through clenched teeth. Fucking Anne fucking Frank.” (109)

“I love it when you take my recommendations”

this was the first one that jill recommended, and it will be the best because she physically lent me the copy. she recommended another one today, and when i went to put it on hold, i apparently already had a hold on it-which is strange because i have no recollection at all of doing that, but it’s not the first time such a thing has happened. it’s kind of beauty-full, really.

“Why, why-life is a little why, is it not? A little why here, a little while there. More whys than becauses, precious few becauses, and a mountain of therefores that don’t quite add up.” (265)

“Life: examine at your own risk.” (239)

it wasn’t my first auslander, however. thanks to the philly free library, i had started reading his works, and was delighted to discover that he had not lost any of his acid wit.

“Why did children always draw the sun smiling? he wondered. It’s a giant ball of fire, kids. It’s rage and fury. Whatever it’s doing, it isn’t fucking smiling.” (158)

“Vans are the vehicle of murderers. Serial killers, rapists, thieves. Nothing good ever happens in a van. Police should be allowed to arrest van drivers without cause. The van is the cause, asshole.” (163)

as i watch season three of oz, i’m noticing a few things. first-check out all these guys who were later in the wire together-way to ensemble cast, hbo. the second is how like and unlike orange is the new black the show’s structure is. the flashbacks and the story building around the characters. finally-it’s something how much production value has changed in the past decade.

“I think never forgetting the Holocaust is not the same thing as never shutting up about it.” (323)

“If you don’t learn from the past, said someone, you are condemned to repeat it. But what if the only thing we learn from the past is that we are condemned to repeat it regardless? The scar, it seems, is often worse than the wound.” (271)

“They say you can’t take it with you, but good luck trying to leave it behind.” (24)

sometimes it takes an absurd idea to bring us to the everyday reality that is stranger than fiction. i highly recommend this one, and damn is rita moreno fine. i’m glad she’s been a working actor for so long-an inspiration to us all.


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