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Quote of the Day (Heh. Is the laughter here more out of disgust or empathy?) 
15th-Mar-2006 10:38 am
For me, a day without bacon is like a day without, well, what compares to bacon? Hands down my favorite food is cake, and my favorite cake is chocolate, and my favorite kind of chocolate cake is the kind of cheap bakery cake that's gritty with sugar and covered in frosting and flowers...
Gluttony is the one sin I would most like to indulge myself in, and yet I'm overwhelmed by feelings of guilt after I eat, say, two pounds of bacon followed by a cheap chocolate cake. When I do something like that--and, yes, I've really, really done that--I think of myself as fallen, as a sinner, as someone who should be punished. When I get my ass back to the gym or on those rare occasions when I walk out of a bakery without buying myself anything or those rarer occasions when I stop eating the bacon before it's all gone, I think of myself as saved, as something of a saint, as someone who deserves a reward. (Maybe a piece of chocolate cake?)
- Dan Savage, Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America
15th-Mar-2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
15th-Mar-2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
No comment, eh? ^^;;

Ah, but it's funny, though, isn't it? I figure everyone has some sort of vice along these lines, whether food or something else, and it's always, at heart, ridiculous.
15th-Mar-2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
Everybody does but swinging from one end to another seems silly^_^
15th-Mar-2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
"Swinging"? What do you mean?
15th-Mar-2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
Over-eating or indulging in something then going for all out abstinence. Neither particularly work^^
15th-Mar-2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
*dies laughing* Except it sounds to me like Savage doesn't do abstinence much at all.
15th-Mar-2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
No, it doesn't. He's one of those people who develop a conscience after the fact^_~
15th-Mar-2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
I guess he just feels guilty almost all the time. *laughs*

There really is a kind of futile ridiculousness to people...
15th-Mar-2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
Does he? I don't get the feeling that he feels very guilty^_^
15th-Mar-2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
Well, he's making fun of his own feelings of guilt...but I'm guessing that means that he feels guilty in spite of himself. Not because he relishes self-flagellation. Heh.
15th-Mar-2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
BTW, I'm reading 100 pages into The Historian and god but it's boring! Very dry style of writing. Worse than my history books!
15th-Mar-2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
I gave up on it like, six months ago at page 128. :P Haven't picked it up since.

And, you know, the author's never actually BEEN to any of those places she's describing.
15th-Mar-2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
You don't say? I could have sworn the novel read like a bad travelogue and she didn't even give her readers the courtesy of going to those places herself.

In addition to a dry as dust style, the run-on sentences had me gritting my teeth and reaching for a pair of metaphorical scissors. Her English is so scrupulously correct that it makes me wonder if it's her native language.

*sighs* I'm disappointed by it and it just reinforces my opinion of never buying any novel that's marked as bestseller.
15th-Mar-2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
Yep. She didn't go to any of those places until 20/20 took her there on a publicity stunt. After the novel was published, naturally.

I'm disappointed by it and it just reinforces my opinion of never buying any novel that's marked as bestseller.

You didn't see me saying how much it sucked? T_T You could've saved your money...

And as for never buying bestsellers, the trick is never to buy a bestseller that stays on the list for a long time. Because if it's one of those briefly-burning types, then the hype may or may not be justified...but if it's on the list forever, then it's one of those lowest common denominator reads (like The Da Vinci Code or Harry Potter).
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