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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

I have work today so i am leaving you with this:

The newspapers kept stroking my fear. New surveys provided awful statistics on just about everything. Evidence suggested that we were not doing well. Researchers gloomily agreed. Environmental psychologists were interviewed. Damage had “unwittingly” been done. There was “feared lapses”. There were “misconceptions” about potential. Situations had “deteriorated”. Cruelty was on the rise and there was nothing anyone could do about it. The populace was confounded, yet didn’t care. Unpublished studies hinted that we were all paying a price. Scientists peered into data and concluded that we should all be very worried. No one knew what normal behavior was anymore, and some argued that this was a form of virtue. And no one argued back. No one challenged anything. Anxiety was soaking up most people’s days. Everyone had become pre-occupied with horror. Madness was fluttering everywhere. There was fifty years of research supporting this data. There were diagrams illustrating all these problems- circles and hexagons and squares, different sections colored in lime or lilac or gray. Most troubling were the fleeting signs that nothing could transform any of this into something positive. You couldn’t help being both afraid and fascinated. Reading these articles made you feel that the survival of mankind didn’t seem very important on the long run. We were doomed. We deserved it. Bret Easton Ellis, Lunar Park

4 Comments:

At 10/18/2005 02:08:00 AM, Blogger Shamoussa said...

Oh God! On both blogs! You're totally obssessed Sam! What's with this book anyway?? I just got it for a friend.. Guess I'll have to borrow it and find out for myself!

 
At 10/18/2005 02:13:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

shamoussa, as i said on the other blog: This book is awesome. Bret Easton Ellis is brilliant. If you are ever a fan of postmodernist fiction that's filled with sardonic witty dialogue and glipses of the disturbing world we live in, he is the guy for you.

 
At 10/18/2005 09:55:00 AM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

gloomy...

 
At 10/18/2005 04:34:00 PM, Blogger Mister Ghost said...

Egyptians Behaving Badly?

Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Bomb Threat - Hat Tip LGF

Eyewitness News has learned that the FBI has taken 30 people of Egyptian heritage into custody in the Baltimore area for questioning as part of the investigation into today's security threat to the harbor tunnels. However, none have been arrested on any charges related to the threat.

No one has been named a suspect at this point.

 

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