Thursday, 10 November 2016

Norman Mailer Speaks


In the Temple of Asklepios as I lay on my bed awaiting a healing dream Norman Mailer came to me to explain everything:

“I thought her concession speech, too late for graciousness, just in time for contempt, was touchingly self-serving with her pleas to ‘little girls’. No the problem is not the ‘glass ceiling’ it’s the asbestos floor. He stood behind her, a sullen penitent, in his odd tie and good bad suit, he never forgets the country lawyer’s advice – don’t wear a suit before the jury that costs more than they earn in a month. No more will the plangent notes of the Sax sound through the White House or there be frolics in the sacred spaces. The golden nuggets of sophistry that Hillary delivered to bankers were fool’s gold that could buy a hollow laugh in the company store. Taking an early profit can be bad business, though no one ever went broke taking a profit. Ach the lost book deals, the lost book deals.!”

4 comments:

john doyle said...

I listened to neither candidate's speech. Like most voters on both sides I held my nose while marking my choice, which was Clinton, the only other viable choice being to sit this one out. Trump's crushing of the feeble Jeb Bush in the Republican nomination prefigured his win over the Democrats' uninspiring royal family standard-bearer. On the day after, the American stock market soared, based in part on expectations that Trump would further relax regulations on the financial sector. Just win, baby!

ombhurbhuva said...

John:
The meaning of this election will be parsed by the wise ones and sages who were wrong about everything. It is said that the electoral system is unfixable because delivered by inspiration to the founders and as most of the presidents have been lawyers the idea of change or a hiatus in the line of precedent is unthinkable. So it seems. Would a pure majoritarian system/popular vote create two countries Coastal and Central u.s.? I would have voted for Trump myself being of the same fixed opinion as Mr. Winkle in The Pickwick Papers

Are you hurt?’ inquired Mr. Benjamin Allen, with great anxiety.
‘Not much,’ said Mr. Winkle, rubbing his back very hard.
‘I wish you’d let me bleed you,’ said Mr. Benjamin, with great eagerness.
‘No, thank you,’ replied Mr. Winkle hurriedly.
‘I really think you had better,’ said Allen.
‘Thank you,’ replied Mr. Winkle; ‘I’d rather not.’



skholiast said...

The American citizenry, myself included, has only itself to blame. We sat still for far too long for the two-party farce, and now the culmination, which was predicted long ago by Washington, has come to pass.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension ... leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. ... sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.

Those who lament the rise of "populism" or whatever are not wrong, but they are not looking deeply enough. There will be many, many motes found in others' eyes in the next weeks and years.

ombhurbhuva said...

Skholiast:
The problems of the American system seem to be compounded by the accretion to the president of extra-constitutional powers which function like edicts or fiats. This could be a worry with an out of control alpha male silverback gorilla. Somewhere deep in the C.I.A. some sort of termination with extreme prejudice is being plotted with the Magus Major Trump being the trigger. Where are my Tarot cards Mary?