Thursday, September 15, 2011

News Of The Nothing

You want to hear something funny?
I actually have nothing to talk about this morning.
Weather is weather and squirrels are squirrels and chickens are chickens and laundry is laundry and the world is turning without me being involved. No memories are tormenting or tantalizing me. My dreams were neither here nor there although I think a cute girl winked at me. I am reading a book which does not inspire me to recommend it. I am not making bread at the moment or soup either one. My grandson is not coming over today. I am not thinking Deep Thoughts and I am not enraged or delighted either one. When I turn on the tap, water comes out. That's a good thing.
I am neither in the best mood of my life or the worst.
There is no fire in my belly whatsoever. The news of the day leaves me unmoved. I am glad that Beyonce is glad that she's pregnant. I had to ask Lily yesterday if she is married. That's how out of it I am.

I wish it would rain. I doubt it will.

For some reason, I keep thinking of Tom Robbins today and I wish he'd write another book although his last ones have been such vast disappointments to me that they sort of made me want to turn my face to the wall so that he would not be able to see the blush of embarrassment I had for him.
BUT, here is a quote I love from his book Skinny Legs And All which reminds me of why I love him or did love him before he got weird and began to be seemingly obsessed with butt sex.

The Divine was expansive, but religion was reductive. Religion attempted to reduce the Divine to a knowable quantity with which mortals might efficiently deal, to pigeonhole it once and for all so that we never had to reevaluate it. With hammers of cant and spikes of dogma, we crucified and crucified again, trying to nail to our stationary altars the migratory light of the world.

Thus, since religion bore false witness to the Divine, religion was blasphemy. And once it entered into its unholy alliance with politics, it became the most dangerous and repressive force that the world has ever known.

I find that to be frighteningly prescient, having been written in 1990. Or at least, that was the year the book was published.

Maybe my message for the day is that I would rather live in a Tom Robbins world than in a Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin or Dick Cheney world. And so, today, I think I will.

And in that spirit, I will also add what is perhaps my favorite Tom Robbins quote of all. He gives it to us through the mouth of Amanda, the heroine of Another Roadside Attraction which in my opinion may be one of the Great American Novels.

Amanda looked up from the beetle shell upon which she was painting a miniature scene in watercolors. "I believe in birth, copulation, and death," she answered. "Although copulation embodies the other two, and death is only a form of borning. At any rate, I was born nineteen years ago. Someday I shall die. Today, I think I'll copulate." And indeed she did.


  1. Both are excellent quotes. Good morning.

  2. To live in a Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin or Dick Cheney world would be to die. Idiots!

  3. The first quote expresses so well how I feel about religion. It pains me that it has been put into a box. If I do not believe what is in the box I get judged. And that causes me further pain. I have anxiety attacks because of this. Oh yes, I do.

    Ms. Moon, you are always saying that you don't know if there is a Creator but you are one of the most Spiritual people out there. I love that about you. You are like a Mother Goddess. Namaste Ms. Moon.

  4. He is such an incredible genius. I adored nothing more that reading his novels during my lost years. For extra entertainment, I'd read them tripping... My God, the bit about the frog on the old ladies hat in Still Life still cracks me up!

    I don't know about all this butt fucking because I haven't read any of his newer works. Interesting development. Not sure I'd like it either!

  5. Maybe he will have a novel in which Dick Cheney BF's Michele Bachman or vice versa. That would be an interesting tome.

  6. I'm reading Another Roadside Attraction right now. I got a little bored with him his last couple of books because of his overuse of simile everything being like something else almost every other line. Like he had fallen in love with the trick or was trying to be a poet in the worst way. As for the butt fucking meh. Maybe he just discovered it!

    I love the photos of flowers you post here. We don't have flowers anything like that and your flowers all look seem to came from the sea but that may be because I'm drowning.


  7. Stephanie- And now- good evening!

    Towanda- A lot of people live in that world.

    Birdie- Oh, I am just a plain old mother. I wish that you didn't even pay any attention to what those in the box say about you. Who cares? They are stuck in a box. You are not.

    Ms. Fleur- And it always involves much younger women and older men. Dude! Stop it!

    Syd-Oooh. Why don't you write it? Could be your new hobby. I'd read it for sure.

    Madame King- First off- I wish you did not feel as if you were drowning. If I could throw you a lifeline, I would.
    Secondly- maybe on the TR and the butt sex. I find it so odd and not that amusing. Plus, I know exactly what you mean about the trying-to-be-a-poet. He already was in his own way. To me, anyway. But now it seems forced.

  8. I always think of Tom Robbins as one of those writers who doesn't age well with me -- meaning, I read him when I was really young and it was fantastic. But as I got older, it's like he didn't. Does that make sense?

    Thanks for the quotes, though -- they were terrific.

  9. The religious quote really blew me away. Great stuff.

  10. Elizabeth- I know what you mean. Well, we was there when we were young. And for that, there is thanks.

    Ms. Bastard-Beloved- Sort of sums it all up, doesn't it?


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