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I read Middlemarch last week. It was very excellent, and it has probably one of the most beautiful and lovely last lines I’ve ever read in a novel. I don’t think it gives much away, so here it is:

…for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived a faithfully hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”

There’s another one I read which I quite liked. I had marked the page and was turning through the book last night, listening to the shameful horrible no-good very bad sad developments with health care. Upon reading it again, I thought of Joe Lieberman and laughed and laughed. It probably should have been more of a tragic, heart-broken cackle, but whatever:

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?”

Well, I’m pretty sure that’s a thought Joe Lieberman certainly has not had (or at least anytime recently). Ezra Klein penned (it’s just such a dreamier word than ‘typed’) an excellent and very polite piece on just that topic. As I have personally believed for quite some time, his political stances have nothing to do with principles or the public good. He even blatantly admits it, smirking away. What a man! I wish our elected officials were required to read literature, just something which would get them out of their skulking, selfish thoughts and make them live in another’s world, with another person’s problems for a little while.

Joe Lieberman! Be a nice man, please! I know it’s not very useful saying this to myself in a small apartment outside DC, but for reals, sir!


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