Sunday Paper Misc.
Georgie Ann Geyer on Immigration:
She quotes from film producer Ron Maxwell, who says
"the world is divided into two kinds of people. Those that live in three diminsions live simultaneously in the past, present and future. Those of us who live in this present are trustees to hand the past over to the future so the dead and the unborn are as alive as we are. But those who live only in the present think it's fine to pave over a battlefield or destroy a Buddha."
and John Tanton, founder of FAIR, who asked
"when did we begin to see man in America as only an economic animal?"
Good question, that.
Nick Gillespie, in article on Chris Anderson, editor of Wired and author of The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More:
We are turning "from a mass market," he argues, "into a niche nation" in which we can find exactly what we want in clothes, art, music and food. And, quite possibly, politics, personal identity, lifestyle and more.
And I suspect our American religiosity falls firmly within the "more."
Finally, in a review of Claire Messud's The Emperor's Children, an excellent quote from Edith Wharton:
"There are lots of ways to be miserable, but there's only one way of being comfortable, and that's to stop running around after happiness."
I like Edith Wharton.