On Robert Neer, Napalm: An American Biography (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013)
“I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn’t find one of ’em, not one stinkin’ dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like …victory.”
—Lt. Col.Kilgore, in Francis Ford Coppola’s film, Apocalypse Now
“[W]e’ll fight mercilessly. Flying Fortresses will be dispatched immediately to set the paper cities of Japan on fire… There won’t be any hesitation about bombing civilians.”
Army Chief of Staff George Marshall, November 1941
“Fry ‘em out, burn ‘em out, cook ‘em.”
—Narrator in U.S. documentary film, This Is Korea Read the rest of this entry »
Today I saw Puck Vlaskamp play her last tennis matches as an undergraduate at Maryville University. She has given her all to her studies and her sport, and has touched and inspired many of us at school. Puck is the Good News—of joie de vivre, presence, curiosity, and camaraderie.
I randomly pull books off of my shelves and turn to a page to see what’s there. Today I found the following in Dorothee Soelle’s Against the Wind: Memoir of a Radical Christian (she was a German theologian, feminist, and peace activist):
Once, when I was particularly depressed, a friend and pacifist from Holland told me something very beautiful: “The people who worked to build the cathedrals in the Middle Ages never saw them completed. It took two hundred years and more to build them. Some stone-cutter somewhere sculpted a beautiful rose; it was his life’s work, and it was all he ever saw. But he never entered into the completed cathedral. But one day, the cathedral was really there. You must imagine peace the same way.” Those words helped me a lot. It was good to know: I was participating in building a cathedral, and I knew that someday it would be completed, just as slavery was abolished, so war will also be abolished, though beyond my lifetime.
I have 286 chapters in an almost finished first draft of a manuscript entitled, Our Heroic and Ceaseless 24/7 Struggle against Tsuris.
We are your faithful servants
O Grand Lama
grace us with your illuminations
in a language
our contaminated minds can understand
Antonin Artaud, to the Dalai Lama
–adapted from Eliot Weinberger, Outside Stories: Essays, p. 20
Have you noticed that toilet paper only comes in circular rolls? Has it occurred to you that it can be in other shapes, square for instance? What would happen then?
Every day, we interact with countless of products, literally! We see them, hear them, feel them, smell them, and even taste them in some cases! We are surrounded by design and living in a designed world. Yet, we usually don’t notice it until something goes wrong, then we question, “Who in their right mind would design this thing?! ”
My name is Thuy. I am a woman who has encountered her midlife crisis a decade or two early. At this Share the Wealth, please allow me to share with you the story of how I’ve found design, what design means to me, and what I would like to do with design.
Join us Wednesday 28 December 2016
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00
Thuy begins sharing at 6:45
At the home of Mark Chmiel and Joanie French
4514 Chouteau Avenue
Forest Park Southeast 63110
Please park on Taylor Avenue or the 4400 block of Chouteau.
Someone asked Yudhishthira, “What is the most wondrous thing in the entire world?” He said, “The most wondrous thing in the entire world is that all around us people can be dying and we don’t believe it can happen to us.”
Sharon Salzburg, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
This is total war… If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don’t try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war, our children will sing great songs about us years from now.
–Richard Perle, quoted in Eliot Weinberger, What Happened Here: Bush Chronicles (2005), p. 72