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Fuckin' A

Tom Wolfe rocks!

"All energy flows according to the whims of the Great Magnet. What a fool I was to defy him."

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Thanks Buddy Badger

Am more cheered up than you might know-I HAVE THAT BOOK! And have even read it. Now have to retrieve it from Germany next weekend, and re-read it. Que cosa mas mona!!
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Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you will still exist, but you have ceased to live.
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Tom Wolfe on the f-word

I feel a bit nervous posting this after a school teacher (great story Barbara) but below is Mr Wolfe's grammatical analysis of current usage. My excuses are as follows

Tom Wolfe is a major literary figure and I'm only quoting him
He is also of course a documenter of early Dead history (I bet 'Acid Test' was on Barbara's booklist)
The mods have tolerated and even encouraged a culture of liberal and libertarian attitudes to language (so long as the grammar is OK!)
TigerLilly asked for it and she needs cheering up!

' Without even realising what is was, Jojo spoke in this year’s prevailing college Creole: Fuck Patois. In Fuck Patois, the word fuck was used as an interjection (“What the fuck” or plain “Fuck”, with or without an exclamation point) expressing unhappy surprise; as a participal adjective (“fucking guy”, “fucking tree,” “fucking elbows”) expressing disparagement or discontent; as an adverb modifying and intensifying an adjective (“pretty fucking obvious”) or a verb (“I’m gonna fucking kick his ass”); as a noun (“That stupid fuck,” “don’t give a good fuck”); as a verb meaning 'go away' (“Fuck off”), beat- physically, financially, or politically (“really fucked him over”) or beaten (“I’m fucked”), botch (“really fucked that up”), drunk (“You are so fucked up”); as an imperative expressing contempt (“Fuck you,” “Fuck that”). Rarely - the usage has become somewhat archaic - but every now and then it referred to sexual intercourse (“He fucked her on the carpet in front of the TV”)'

Tom Wolfe (2004). I am Charlotte Simmons

Later on he also provides a similar and even longer analysis of 'Sh*t Patois' . You'll have to read the book to get that!

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... when you come from a family of teachers ...

I have a fun Grateful Dead/book story.

In 1986, I was on a train from Paris to Amsterdam, listening to the Dead on my Sony Walkman. The girl sitting next to me asked if I was listening to the Dead. She was about 15, from New York City, and said she'd never seen the Dead but wanted to. Being a bookworm, I recommended a long "hippie canon" to her. I don't remember the details, but I'm certain you all could guess some of the titles as well as I could. I saw her diligently write them all down.

In 1989, I flew to Charlotte, NC, to see a show. I ran into the same person in the hallways. She said, "I read all of the books you told me to read!"

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more words

Cosmicbadger, glad to share.Good to see you and Tigerlilly again. Right now I am reading Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death and Dogen's Treasury of The Right Dharma Eye. Dogen is one of the greatest writers in Zen and this book examines his work from a modern perspective.

Also rereading some classics slowly over the past months; Walden and other writings by Henry David Thoreau, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold and Leaves of Grass and Other Writings by Walt Whitman. All three of these very important to me over the years. But it is not all serious as I am also reading t.c. boyle - stories.

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
Wiliam Blake

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And how 'bout

If someone else wishes it, Badger? Like me? I would like to read "an excellent paragraph on the modern usage of her beloved f-word". :-)
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got it in one

easy for fans of Van the Man I suppose

'I went home and read my Christmas Humphreys book on Zen, Curiosity Killed the Cat, Kerouac's Dharma Bums and on the Road' From Cleaning Windows on Beautiful Vision reached 41 in the UK singles charts.

Van was always touring the UK in the 80's , sometimes he was grumpy and really awful, and sometimes he just tore the place down. Glastonbury Festival 1982 with my 3 month old son in my arms and Van and the Band in full swing in the Vale of Avalon...what a time

to see Van singing 'Cleaning WIndows' in 1982 go here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QiZgl7jQxo

As for literature, I'm reading Tom Wolfe's 'I am Charlotte Simmons' at the moment, an entertaining and scathing indictment of modern US Ivy League College life. For a foreigner it's like reading an anthropological study from another planet, full of unfathomable cultural references....if it's really like that I wouldn't spend my life's savings sending my kids there I can tell you

For izzie's benefit it does have an excellent paragraph on the modern usage of her beloved f-word...I shall copy it if she wishes

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Christmas Humphreys

well, I dunno about the UK charts, but Van's "Cleaning Windows," which is one of my all-time favorites, mentions it as something the narrator's reading in between the fenestral labors.

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thanks to Hal

wow I just found my way back here and read Hal's comprehensive spiritual reading list! So kind of you to share that with us. I read Christmas Humphreys long long ago have had and loved the Paul Reps since an old hippie in the hills turned me on to it 30 years ago, but much is new and I will make some selections for my Christmas wish list.

So here's a quiz question

Which UK chart single from way back mentions Christmas Humphreys?

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Everybody I Shot Is Dead book features Jerry Garcia too!

Sorry I forgot to post that amazingly important tidbit.

You can get the book on Amazon.com or through her website at: www.cheshercat.com.

The blog about the book is at: www.everybodyishotisdead.blogspot.com.

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