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Fiat Money, Fiat News

Posted on January 4, 2017

Ron Burgundy: Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it San Diego, which of course in German means a whale’s vagina. Veronica Corningstone: No, there’s no way that’s correct. Ron Burgundy: I’m sorry, I was trying to impress you. I don’t know what it means. I’ll be honest, I don’t think anyone knows what […]

American Hustle

Posted on November 17, 2016

Irving Rosenfeld:   Did you ever have to find a way to survive and you knew your choices were bad, *but* you had to survive? ― “American Hustle” (2013) Only when I wake up in the morning. Nothing but caper movie quotes today. Seems appropriate.   Doyle Lonnegan: I put it all on Lucky Dan; […]

Essence of Decision

Posted on September 16, 2016

The essence of ultimate decision remains impenetrable to the observer — often, indeed, to the decider himself. ― John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963) “The Manhattan Projects” by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra (©Image Comics) I have found that the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want […]

The Narrative Machine

Posted on August 17, 2016

Alex: There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova Milkbar sold milk-plus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which is what we were drinking. This […]

Crisis Actors and a Reichstag Fire

Posted on July 26, 2016

Man in Bar: Tomorrow, I’m gonna be a hero. Gideon: I’m sorry?  Man in Bar: You may just be a patsy, but you’re an important one. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever met a bigger crisis actor than you before. … This is for our country! [Man in Bar shoots Gideon in neck, killing […]

When Narratives Go Bad

Posted on July 7, 2016

How many things served us yesterday as articles of faith, which today are fables for us? – Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays (1580) That same night, I wrote my first short story. It took me thirty minutes. It was a dark little tale about a man who found a magic cup and learned that […]

Pressure and Time

Posted on June 7, 2016

Red: [narrating] In 1966, Andy Dufresne escaped from Shawshank prison. All they found of him was a muddy set of prison clothes, a bar of soap, and an old rock hammer, damn near worn down to the nub. I remember thinking it would take a man six hundred years to tunnel through the wall with […]

Who’s Being Naïve, Kay?

Posted on May 24, 2016

All great literature is one of two stories: a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town. – Leo Tolstoy (1826 – 1910) Satan:    Dream other dreams, and better! – Mark Twain, “The Mysterious Stranger” (c. 1900) Twain spent 11 years writing his final novel, “The Mysterious Stranger”, but never finished it. […]