NPR’s interview with David Foster Wallace on Roger Federer.
He’s spot-on as always, except for the unfortunate reality of today’s Federer: he no longer glides effortlessly on the court, nor is he immune to emotional breakdowns and temper tantrums. Losing will do that to you.
On a related note, Wimbledon finally got its retractable roof; we won’t be victims of the annual rain delays, any more. YAY!
previously, i presented some choice f-words from a naughty dictionary. i think it only fair that i feng shui the durtyness of those words with some far cleaner f-words from another dictionary. from a handlist of rhetorical terms (1991)° [paraphrased]:
far fet: a figure of speech where the present effect is attributed to a remote cause: “the ship is sinking, damn the forest where the mast grew.” (also metalepsis)
fleering frumpe: mockery of an opponent accompanied by a gesture. (also mycterismus)
flitting figure: passing over an issue quickly. (also metastasis)
forrein speech: mispronunciation through ignorance or a wretched accent to fit the meter or rhyme. (also barbarismus)
foule speech: lewd allusion or double entendre (also cacemphaton)
frequentatio: word heaps; when one tries to win an argument by using a multitude of unnecessary words. (also congeries)
looking over this list is like reading a harry potter grimoire°.
"So Bobby Jindal makes fun of ‘volcano monitoring’, and soon afterwards Mt. Redoubt erupts. Susan Collins makes sure that funds for pandemic protection are stripped from the stimulus bill, and the swine quickly attack.
What else did the right oppose recently? I just want enough information to take cover.”
"Once again the simple-minded media and its pundits are confused about the nature of Americanism and language."
"I know President Chavez well. Whether or not one agrees with all his policies, what is certainly true of Chavez is that he is a warm and friendly man with a robust sense of humor (who daily risks his own life for his country in ways Dick Cheney could never imagine). To treat such a man coldly is akin to spitting on him. As a country we’ve done enough of that. Say what you will, but it has only resulted in the self-celebration of our smirking spitters, while costing us international respect, American lives, and left wounds in the hands of our children’s future. The Cheneys, down to the O’Reillys and Hannitys and Limbaughs, effectively hate the principles upon which we were founded. They are among the greatest cowards in all of American history. I applaud an American President who’s tough enough…to smile."
48. Rudy Fernandez My single favorite bench player this season. I didn’t realize it until Trevor Ariza decked him last month and I made the Neil McCauley “I’ve Had Enough, Let’s Throw Waingro In The Trunk And Kill Him” Face. I am calling a moratorium on all cheap shots against Rudy. The league needs him. He’s too much fun.