Whiskerino 2009

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  • posted: November 11 @ 10:03pm
Late upload, but it's been a long day. I worked extra late this evening, and then I met up with this friend of mine who I get together with periodically and we have these long discussions about religion, the academy, teaching, and politics. He and I approach most subjects from radically different perspectives but we're able to talk to each other openly and honestly about our ideas and opinions and I always feel like I come away having learned a lot not only about his perspective but about my own. The reoccurring theme of tonight's discussion was the pernicious belief that if someone agrees with me, then that person is a good guy or is my friend and if a person disagrees with me, then he or she is bad or my enemy.

Comments

chance says:
I'm glad I have friends like that. It helps put the whole world into perspective.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 10:05pm -
Fledgling Brewer says:
Not sure if this makes me your enemy or your friend, but your beard is looking awesome.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 10:06pm -
Ula O cealleigh says:
wow very great.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 10:10pm -
hale. says:
i really appreciate that you always have so much to say, be it your captions or your comments. your observations are unique and your contributions to the talkback conversations are insightful and well-reasoned.

you're the wise sage in a room of bearded idiots.

also, you're a furry little guy, aren't you?
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 10:11pm -
themightyjones says:
It was a strange world, where cactus beard guy lived, but a remarkably pleasant one... especially since cactus beard buy lived there.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 10:20pm -
Scrivener says:
Wow, thanks, Ryan. I really don't think I'm much of a sage, to be honest. I am really curious about a whole lot of subjects and I very much value conversations with others. I think the most profound activity we can engage in in this cold, dark, desperate world is to communicate with each other. If I have a real religion, it is intrinsically bound up in the miracle that we can talk to one another.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 10:23pm -
Scrivener says:
Hale, I may have asked you this before, but are you a Raymond Carver fan? You know his story "A Small, Good Thing"? I've been thinking about it today. Particularly the ending, which is such a classic Carver ending to a story:

They ate rolls and drank coffee. Ann was suddenly hungry, and the rolls were warm and sweet. She ate three of them, which pleased the baker. Then he began to talk. They listened carefully. Although they were tired and in anguish, they listened to what the baker had to say. They nodded when the baker began to speak of loneliness, and of the sense of doubt and limitation that had come to him in his middle years. He told them what it was like to be childless all these years. To repeat the days with the ovens endlessly full and endlessly empty. The party food, the celebrations he'd worked over. Icing knuckle-deep. The tiny wedding couples stuck into cakes. Hundreds of them, no, thousands by now. Birthdays. Just imagine all those candles burning. He had a necessary trade. He was a baker. He was glad he wasn't a florist. It was better to be feeding people. This was a better smell anytime than flowers.

"Smell this," the baker said, breaking open a dark loaf. "It's a heavy bread, but rich." They smelled it, then he had them taste it. It had the taste of molasses and coarse grains. They listened to him. They ate what they could. They swallowed the dark bread. It was like daylight under the fluorescent trays of light. They talked on into the early morning, the high, pale cast of light in the windows, and they did not think of leaving.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 10:26pm -
Scrivener says:
Clame my previous comment, by the way, for the text of the story. That one kills me every time.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 10:37pm -
Blastro says:
Your beard is looking scholarly today.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 10:49pm -
hankbobs says:
THis is very scruffy. Great job!
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 10:50pm -
c dub says:
holy crap that's some major early growth. are you taking prenatal vitamins or something?
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 10:50pm -
Blastro says:
Just read your comments. Reading my first Carver right now, Will you Please Be Quiet Please, and it's amazing, but oh so sad.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 10:50pm -
Scrivener says:
Blastro: Yeah, many of carver's stories are amazing but sad. I think Carver just gets it. He totally gets it. And, often, the stories end up being optimistic, even uplifting stories, but he comes to that place honestly--not by ignoring or denying despair but by acknowledging it and then moving past it. I haven't read Will You Please Be Quiet Please for a long time--but it's got "Nobody Said Anything" and "What's in Alaska" in it, both of which I really liked. His poetry, by the way, is also awesome.

@c dub: Thanks! No vitamins, just lots of photographs.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 11:08pm -
hale. says:
i've not read Carver, but if it is something you recommend, then i must.

going to read the clamed story now, and will follow up with more when i can.

thanks david, really.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 11:23pm -
gfmorris says:
We need to hang out. I become more convinced of this every day.
Posted: Nov 12th, 2009 - 5:26am -
Gavin says:
B E A R D
Posted: Nov 12th, 2009 - 8:40am -
Paragone says:
agreed .... B.E.A.R.D.
Posted: Nov 12th, 2009 - 9:01am -
damnweather says:
loving your long-ass comments. takes me back to '05
Posted: Nov 12th, 2009 - 3:18pm -
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