The Rat
Thursday, September 30, 2004
      ( 10:52 PM ) The Rat  
THIS is a great product. Go to their site, buy lots of stuff, and make them rich, 'cuz they deserve to be.

They also get extra props for moving their plant from China back to the United States in late 2002.

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      ( 10:20 PM ) The Rat  
"Aunt Pessya," Benya said then to the little woman who lay on the floor, "if you need my life, you can have it, but everybody makes mistakes, even God. A terrible mistake has been made, Aunt Pessya. But wasn't it a mistake on God's part to settle the Jews in Russia, where they've had to suffer the tortures of hell? Would it be bad if the Jews lived in Switzerland, where they'd be surrounded by first-class lakes, mountain air and nothing but Frenchmen? Everybody makes mistakes, even God. Open your ears to what I'm saying, Aunt Pessya."
—Babel, "How It Was Done in Odessa"

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Wednesday, September 29, 2004
      ( 7:41 PM ) The Rat  
MAN-SHAPED PILLOWS, or the latest Japanese nuttiness. Via IKM.

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      ( 10:51 AM ) The Rat  
Any idiot can face a crisis—it's this day-to-day living that wears you out.
—Chekhov

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Tuesday, September 28, 2004
      ( 5:38 PM ) The Rat  
NEW WORLD OYSTER-OPENING CHAMPION CROWNED.

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      ( 3:40 PM ) The Rat  
THERE ARE SO MANY EXPERIENCES I WANT TO WRITE ABOUT HAVING HAD. A bit too long in places, but the pot-shot at Granta would alone make it worth the read. Via the Onion. (Also check out this week's STATshot, "Top Gypsy Curses" [scroll down].)

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      ( 3:11 AM ) The Rat  
"You don't understand—I'm not like other people. I can't stand pain. It hurts me."
—Daffy Duck

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Monday, September 27, 2004
      ( 1:27 AM ) The Rat  
NOTHING LIKE THE STRAND, of course, but this is a pretty decent used-book shop, especially when you consider that it's in Southern California (and Orange County, no less!). A friend of the Rat's, who lives nearby, has informed her that they also do special orders.

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Sunday, September 26, 2004
      ( 4:24 PM ) The Rat  
AN INTERVIEW WITH STEPHEN FRY.

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      ( 4:12 PM ) The Rat  
WHEN FAITHFUL CATHOLICS DIVORCE. Interesting. Via Eve.

The battle in the Church doesn't help, said Mango. Dissenting Catholics often won't teach the doctrines that protect and guide marriage. Assenting Catholics, on the other hand, often won't address the real pitfalls and messiness of marriage because they detract from the doctrines that are under such vicious attack.

The Church needs to "get real," Mango said. "As real as the enemies of the Church are getting. I have yet to hear a homily from anyone who says, 'The world has infected the Church, so there in the back of the church are some pamphlets that direct you to where you can get help. There's one on verbal and spousal abuse. There's one on post-abortion healing. There's one on homosexuality. There's one there for Sexaholics Anonymous. They're all free. Go and get them. I'll be in the confessional.' Not once. Instead, I hear, 'Good morning. How are you? I think it's time that we should perhaps love one another.'"

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Friday, September 24, 2004
      ( 2:38 PM ) The Rat  
CZECHS GIVEN BEERS IN RETURN FOR BLOOD DONATION.

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      ( 2:28 PM ) The Rat  
"Why don't you pass the time by playing a little solitaire?"
The Manchurian Candidate

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Thursday, September 23, 2004
      ( 2:45 PM ) The Rat  
The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.
The Great Gatsby

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Friday, September 10, 2004
      ( 5:54 PM ) The Rat  
NOUNS OF ASSEMBLAGE, from Schott's Original Miscellany:

a malapertness of peddlers
a spring of teals
a gang of elk
a murmuration of starlings
a suit of sails
a wilderness of monkeys
a doping of sheldrake
a clutch of eggs
a coven of witches
a staff of servants
a field of runners
a sheaf of arrows
a chattering of choughs
a cete of badgers
a bench of bishops
a murder of crows
a bundle of rags
a barren of mules
a pontification of priests
a rag of colts
a walk of snipe
an exaltation of larks
a muster of peacocks
a desert of lapwing
a drift of swine
a stud of mares
a parliament of rooks & owls
a glozing of taverners
a covey of ptarmigan
a business of ferrets
a drunkship of cobblers
a sounder of wild boar
a nye of pheasants
a fall of woodcock
a sege of herons
a herd of curlews


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      ( 1:31 PM ) The Rat  
THE RAT can't help thinking that this speech could be discredited pretty damn thoroughly by a quick glance at the inner workings of any modern-day humanities graduate department.

The happier state
In Heav'n, which follows dignity, might draw
Envy from each inferior; but who here
Will envy whom the highest place exposes
Formost to stand against the Thunderers aime
Your bulwark, and condemns to greatest share
Of endless pain? where there is then no good
For which to strive, no strife can grow up there
From Faction; for none sure will claim in hell
Precedence, none, whose portion is so small
Of present pain, that with ambitious mind
Will covet more.

Paradise Lost


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Thursday, September 09, 2004
      ( 10:11 AM ) The Rat  
THE EXORCIST RE-ENACTED BY BUNNIES.


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Wednesday, September 08, 2004
      ( 3:41 PM ) The Rat  
WELCOME TO HOOKER, OK!


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      ( 3:37 PM ) The Rat  
Take what you want and pay for it, says God.
—Spanish proverb


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