Friday, May 14, 2010


Went to hear Tom Wolfe at the UAH campus today (he's the commencement speaker tomorrow). Was thrilled: he's as brilliant as he seems to be in his books, all of which I love. Despite being a conservative and a supporter of Dubya, I like him anyway. But then, he's a millionaire several times over; of course he supported Dubya. Unlike Dubya, though, he actually learned something at Yale.
Speaking of millionaires, I'm a fan of a podcast called Blast the Right, run by a guy named Jack Clark. Words of wisdom and truth from him right here now that distills accurately what RightWing politicians are and do; a filter through which to run everything you hear from them:

"Everything the right-wing does is designed to accomplish one of two things: either (a) transfer wealth from everyone else to the already rich, or (b) distract everyone else from the fact that (a) is occurring."

God, that's good. And true. Just watch and listen to everything they support and everything they oppose. Don't pay any attention to their blather; keep the above italics in mind and you'll read them correctly.
We leave Sunday for Italy, where Erin works for two weeks and I do serious research on Italian food (I think this time osso bucco and gorgonzola); then to Bulgaria, where I work for two weeks and Erin lazes about on a Black Sea beach near Varna doing serious research on suntan lotion and Bulgarian booze. Things could sure be worse . . .