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It's Called Fashion, Brenda! Look It Up.

I was miserable all day yesterday.

It was cold and grey and wet and dreary.

The reason why I was miserable yesterday was because it was cold and grey and wet and dreary.

But humans being storytelling animals, naturally I’d devised a narrative: I was miserable because I was the most repulsive person on the planet! Nobody loved me! Nobody even liked me! There were people who pretended to like me—God knows why—but shortly, they would see the error of their ways.

I suppose I need to start popping Vitamin D again.


I decided not to go hear Steve Bannon at The Economist’s Open Futures event on Saturday.

Bannon does really fascinate me even if he is yesterday’s news.

But honestly? Bannon is not gonna sit in a café with me talking about books and wisecracking about that outfit that woman over there is wearing. (“It’s called fashion, Brenda! Look it up.”)

Instead, I put out tentative feelers to Lois Lane whom I have not seen in many a moon but whose odd combo of sharp intelligence and well-nigh Prince Myshkin-like levels of saintliness and humility guaranteed her an automatic seat in my Inner Circle when we first met.

I fully expected her to say, Sorry, Patrizia, I’m washing my hair! because, after all, I am the most repulsive person on the planet, so who would want to hang out with me?

But instead, she said, Oh wow!! For sure!! That sounds so neat!!!

Like I’ve said before, the one downside to living in the Hudson Valley is that there are so few people with whom I can really have the types of connections I crave. Oh, there are lots of people with whom I can exchange little packets of positive socialization.

But when I listen to the exchanges around me—Oh, you didn’t like the purple one? Did they show you the pink one? But you decided to go with the orange one? I would have gone with the green one—I often think, Better to be a hermit living in a fuckin’ cave

Yep. I’m a snob.


Meanwhile, they are reporting on the hurricane that’s poised to take out the Carolinas and Virginia as though it is some kind of sporting event.

I suppose I should be grateful that weather reportage has cut down on the number of times I have to see Trump’s name in the headlines.

But honestly?

I think the 24/7 news cycle’s relentless crisis mongering is driving everyone insane.

I get it! No man is an island! But you know what? It’s happening over there. It’s not happening here! So, there really are limits to how much I should have to care about it.

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Sep. 13th, 2018 02:38 pm (UTC)
UGH! I feel like I am watching a trailer for a movie instead of the weather report. "Apocalypse 2018!!! Buy plenty of water and for God's sake stay glued to the television because we are all gonna DIE!" I wonder how we survived Hugo, Floyd, Andrew, Fran, Irma, and so on. I remember being without power for 3 1/2 weeks after Hugo. We didn't even realize we were in the path until the transformer two houses down exploded. We survived though without eight cases of water and without a month's worth of bread.
Sep. 13th, 2018 02:50 pm (UTC)
I was living on Long Island for Sandy, and we took quite a hit! Half the trees in the neighborhood fell, and we were without electricity for 10 days. One more reminder that when it changes, it changes very quickly indeed.

But, no. Definitely not The Apocalypse.
Sep. 13th, 2018 04:53 pm (UTC)
I think the 24/7 news cycle’s relentless crisis mongering is driving everyone insane.

I am re-reading Orwell's Nineteen-Eighty-Four and, aside from wondering how many subtle changes have been made in the latest printings, I am struck by the eerie similarities and overall relevance to today's world.

Also, the ubiquitous telescreens in the novel did not have an on/off switch...
that's next, I'm sure.

Sep. 14th, 2018 10:40 am (UTC)
that's next, I'm sure.

Yes. Well. We carry our telescreens around with us now. We call them "smartphones." We can turn them off! But, of course, we don't want to. :-)
Sep. 13th, 2018 07:32 pm (UTC)
This - I think the 24/7 news cycle’s relentless crisis mongering is driving everyone insane. It's unbearable and really distasteful. I just don't understand this slavering need for a crisis. And the cloying attempt to spin an interview into a heart-warming human interest piece makes me gag. I am SO happy that I did NOT pursue a journalism degree, even if it did mean throwing all my parent's dreams for me out the window.
Sep. 14th, 2018 10:44 am (UTC)
this slavering need for a crisis

Presumably, it sells advertisers' products. Though I don't quite see how. Seems to me that when people are having anxiety attacks, they're not really up for buying anything but Xanax substitutes.

As a sidebar: It might be an interesting experiment to see just who advertises during all that crisis mongering. But I don't have a TV, so it's not an experiment I'm going to carry out! :-)

pin an interview into a heart-warming human interest piece

I used to be an entertainment journalist, you know. So I am quite the expert at spinning a five-minute encounter at a press junket into a story about the advice my best friend Drew Barrymore loves to share about lip gloss. :-)
Sep. 14th, 2018 12:09 am (UTC)
I love this video:

Simon and Garfunkel: I Am a Rock

This, according to Artie, is my most neurotic song. :)

I was reading Osho saying (This is my memory rather than a quote.), "You say that you are your own cause of your suffering. But that's just something you've read or someone told you. You don't know it. Next time you feel misery, look deep inside and see whether you are the one who is causing it. Then, if you see that you are the cause of your own suffering, your suffering will cease. Once you really see it, feel it, experience it yourself, it cannot go on, because then you have really realized it. You can't continue to do it."

I wish you well. You're an awesome person! :)
Sep. 14th, 2018 10:46 am (UTC)

I try not to see any significance to my fluctuating moods—both positive and negative—on the grounds that they're really triggered by the weather more than by anything else.
Sep. 15th, 2018 03:22 am (UTC)
No need to thank me. I just tell it like I see it. You are an awesome person.

And you're right to disregard these fluctuating moods. The mind is the problem. Thinking is the problem. The mind has it's own agenda, and self-preservation is at the top of its list. The mind wants to remain relevant and important/useful. What does the mind do? It solves problems; that's what it's there for. When problems are absent, the mind will create new ones to solve. It has to remain active to insure its survival. The mind and thinking are tools that can be used to great advantage. It's just that one needs to think thoughts rather than have thoughts (the mind) think the person. If that makes sense...
Sep. 15th, 2018 12:19 pm (UTC)
It makes perfect sense. :-)
Sep. 14th, 2018 03:20 am (UTC)
TDS is real -- if he found a cure for cancer tomorrow, CNN would lead off with the story "Trump destroys funeral home industry and bankrupts nation's hospitals"
But I don't have to like him.
I just wish they would all ShutTheHellUp - talk about something else -- ships and shoes and sealing wax, cabbages...but not kings, I am so totally sick of politics at this point. Lock them all in a room, give them each a steak knife, and inform them, "in the end, there can be only one"
Sep. 14th, 2018 10:38 am (UTC)
Trump Derangement Syndrome is real, which is why I limit my news reading to one hour every morning while I'm drinking my coffee. And I never, ever watch TV.

But Trump is an unmitigated disaster. There's no doubt in my mind about that.

Just doesn't seem to be any point to repeating that over and over (and over!) again.
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