Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Never Burn Unattended
We tell stories in order to live. Joan Didion wrote that and it's true -- we need narrative to make sense of our lives. And now another politico is in the news for his indiscretions -- the governor of South Carolina. The Clash asked the classic question for this scenario -- Should I stay or should I go?/ If I stay there will be trouble/ If I go, it will be double. No doubt, Sanford's troubles seem to go on and on. Not only does he have an Argentinian mistress (his soulmate -- pause for gagging sound), but he admits to "crossing the line" with other women. What does this mean? As each day passes, more information surfaces. To which I find myself wondering, Why not tell all at first?
Because, I suppose, it's not easy to admit to an extramarital affair. What story do you tell yourself about the circumstances? How do you believe that despite all the ones who have went before you (Spitzer, Edwards, Clinton, etc.), that you will somehow manage not to get caught? Sanford admits he's not in love with his wife. But that he plans to fall in love with her again. I think this is as likely as me translating Virgil this afternoon. The little Latin I know is Acta est fabula, plaudite! - The play is over, applaud! This seems to pertain.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire." Patti Smith
Drinking movie suggestion: Any good summer movie suggestions?
Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Wednesday! Happy Canada Day!