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I’ve Got a Bitter Pot of Je Ne Sais Quoi

Driving to New Jersey, I passed a car with a bumper sticker that read: No Jesus No Peace. Know Jesus Know Peace.

In the car, I listened to the audio tape of Roberto Bolano’s masterpiece, 2666. Honestly, I wish I were driving to California because listening to that story was the most pleasurable encounter I have had with language in a long time (the bumper sticker notwithstanding). I am switching immediately to the book. The tape is wonderful, but it goes by too quickly. I think I was actually smiling while driving. (Which reminds me of a quote that cracked me up. When asked if he ever smiled, Don DeLillo replied, “Only when I’m alone.”)

The class, the students, the day, the spiel, the q, the a, it all went really well. One of the students looked like Topher Grace, which I consider a good thing.

And thanks for all the fashion advice. It didn’t help, of course. My idea of heels are Doc Martens.

9 Responses

  1. So why aren’t we lookin’ at a picture of the kid who resembled Topher Grace?! Oh my gosh, now I wanna see P.S.

  2. I’m just now reserving it at the library. Cannot yet afford to buy every book that strikes my fancy.

  3. How about “Know Jesus No Peace?” Just kidding. But I hate bumper stickers unless they’re pro exactly what I believe in.

  4. Did you wear Doc Martens?

  5. Why?

  6. The doubting Trickster in me wants to lie about my love of super duper literary writing. Wants to feign a belief in the democracy of fiction. But, I can’t. I will always be an April fool for serious, strange, mind expanding books like 2666,

  7. Any day now I am going to acquire the 20 eye zip boot in cherry red, transforming my legs (and, by association, my hair and lips and a few other parts) into forces with which to be reckoned. Conspicuously reckoned.

  8. Come on people comment number 2 was not posted by a northener or wateva u a call it,him/her z a useless non-northener who is bitter and afraid that munlo might be replaced by the mentioned names.Thats his main concern,cant you people see?since the accendency to power of mai JB non northerners have been panicking for nothing,afraid of the unknown the atibwenzera syndrome’ especially people from lomwe tribe,come down!!what i have discovered is that people from central& southen regions will never be happy in cases where northerners get a fair share of national development,to them thus strange because since time immemorial they have been used to a system where northerners are taken as 2nd or 3rd class citizens,to them thus the time of equality they know,i have seen so many silly and some seemingly coocked accusasions on this forum agaisnt norhteners,some might be true but most of them are just coocked out of hatred,i feel sorry for this country,we are a bunch of low IQ citizens,power hungry and very irresponsible,for example just look at what was happening at MRA,and the numerous silly confessions from previous office holders for mercy,where is responsibility we malawians? and i think people with the worst low IQ’s are those who take pride in having a president or minister coming from theirregion or area,really? and you are proud of that? in my case i dont care where a particular official comes from as long as they perfom,for example i come from mzimba and just because the veep comes from there then shoul be the reason to make me feel reaching my self actualization? hahaha i think God can even take away the little cognition he gave me already.Argueing everything in tribal lines realy irritates me and politicians perpetuate this vice in our society,i dont know how we cn stop it,i suggest legislation against any form of tribalism ,regionalism or any form of sectionalism might help us

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