Archive for November 17th, 2002

On a new TV show “a bunch of peace-sign-painting hippies are . . . the bad guys,” and Professor Reynolds posits cultural change: “Hippies never used to be the bad guys.” I’ve finally found the last man on earth who hasn’t seen Dirty Harry.

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 17, 2002 @ 11:25 PM | General

You hate poetry, like all self-respecting people who remember the English teacher’s pet in high school, the girl who liked rainbows and Christina Rossetti. As Marianne Moore said, “I, too, dislike it.” Besides, most of the stuff you had to read was lousy. If your education in lyric poetry was anything like mine, it consisted […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 17, 2002 @ 7:52 PM | General

Exhortation Give over seeking bastard joy Nor cast for fortune’s side-long look. Indifference can be your toy; The bitter heart can be your book. (Its lesson torment never shook.) In the cold heart, as on a page, Spell out the gentle syllable That puts short limit to your rage And curdles the straight fire of […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 17, 2002 @ 7:36 PM | Poetry

I’ve been banned by the government of China! I have! Alas, it isn’t because Jiang Zemin decided my imperialist running dog propaganda was too dangerous for the masses to read. They got themselves a list of authorized sites, see, and my friends and I aren’t on it, and you and your friends aren’t either. But […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted November 17, 2002 @ 11:03 AM | General