CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS LIKE THERE’S A WAR GOING ON: learning from LBJ

I’m almost ready to say that when it comes to achieving a goal — especially an ambitious one — I believe your outcome isn’t so much determined by what you do, but who you do it with. Outcomes, like math problems, are determined by a factorization of known quantities. Math is never magic. There is an inescapable fatalism in it. Embrace it, because you cannot outwit it or outrun it. Make the absolute most of every piece you’ve got on the board, and remember what every good chess player knows: pawns win games. Spend no time mourning the weakness of your fellow cast. Improve it whenever you can, but if you make an enemy, never let it be by accident. After all, in real life pawns don’t wear pawn costumes and queens wear no crowns.

A sense of aloneness

And for a little while I held onto my weird bond with the dead artist. But – (shockingly) – it turns out leaning on Leonardo DaVinci for reassurance of how totally and completely not-weird I was, was a terrifically bad strategy. And before long the instinctive childlike kinship I initially felt with Leonardo was a source of confusion and something almost approaching self-scolding in and of itself.
 Because only DaVinci is DaVinci.

WEAPONIZED TRUTH

Instead of wanting to disappear and disappear and disappear, I want to appear, and appear, and appear; to take up all the space, all the oxygen, all the room, and all the righteousness that I have turned over to any other human being, alley-cat, tailgating car, or man who endlessly professes his dying love to…

Why I Don’t Want to Draft Bernie – AKA Machiavelli Knew His Shit

I don’t care what jersey he’s wearing, he’s on OUR team. “Divide and conquer” is a cliché for the same reason all clichés are clichés: truth. Divide and conquer or unite and win? “You decide?” “Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe #NotMeUs #FeelTheBern Chris Hayes: Bernie…

Coutney Barnett being adorable and awesome

All the live versions of “Pedestrian at Best” are so varied that the object randomness of the range of options is actually a constant. I picked this one, not becaue it’s the best version; best sound, best of  the shifting beat of the lyrics- syncopated or not so much – but because it’s the most…

Not my Theme Scene but now necessary: Stephen the Irishman

I would prefer just the first scene, truth be told, but I made the decision to include – because of its example of pure perfection in character definition. (Keeping in mind that several things are happening at once, but for the audience, the primary issue, although as is the case in the most intricately executed…

Florida appears to actually have gotten something RIGHT

I am admittedly always a bit terrified when I get any legal updates on any law having anything to do with Florida. Especially when the first sentence of that legal update leads with the words  “…a Florida law adopted by citizen initiative“           Like most  people who care about human rights, my mind goes here: But amazingly enough, this…