Odds and Ends

I’m busy working on a thing for a guy, so I’m going to fall behind the reading schedule for a few days. Will get caught up over the Thanksgiving break.

In the meantime, here’s a fascinating article about why Heller’s original title for the novel, Catch-18, was changed. A warning for those participating in NaNoReMo–it looks like there might be some spoilers in there. I don’t know for certain, because, at the first hint of them, I skipped ahead to the origins of The Postman Always Rings Twice and My Man Jeeves. Thanks to Zan and David for passing the article along.

Also, you may recall that I recently urged Democrats to please oh please not vote for Clinton. Now Eric Berlin explains why Republicans should steer clear of Gulliani. Seriously, Dems and Repubs should just make an agreement in advance: we won’t nominate our New Yorker if you won’t nominate yours. I don’t know how, in a time when the United States desperately needs unity, we wound up with the nation’s two most polarizing figures as front runners in a Presidential election.

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7 comments.

  1. RE: Clinton and Guiliani

    Are you a New Yorker if you live in Illinois 18 years, Massachusetts four years, Connecticut four years, Arkansas 18 years, Washington D.C. eight years, then split time between New York and Washington for eight years?

  2. Uh huh, and this is how that tortoise beats the hare.

  3. I’ll vote for your Obama if you vote for my Thompson.

  4. “I’m busy working on a thing for a guy” – are you moonlighting for the mob?

  5. Having watched Joe Biden, live and in person during the most recent debate, I think I’ll be voting for a guy from Delaware.

  6. I don’t know how, in a time when the United States desperately needs unity, we wound up with the nation’s two most polarizing figures as front runners in a Presidential election.

    I’m puzzled too. I know of very few liberals who want Hillary to be the Democratic nominee, and I don’t think conservatives really like Gulliani. It’s enough that I’m starting to wonder about polling shenanigans….

  7. John H.: I call this an example of Stupid Voter Syndrome.
    I too, don’t know any politically active lefties who like Hillary and none of my politically active conservative friends like Rudy. However, tons of people who don’t watch the news/read a paper/vote regularly have heard of them — and they choose them in a poll based on name recognition.

    Hopefully, as we get closer to the primaries, some of this puffery wears off, but if not, we’re looking at the least popular candidates each getting the nomination of their respective parties.

    It makes me very sad for America.