3 May 2016

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

H. L. Mencken

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2 May 2016

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.

Henry David Thoreau

For every complex problem

1 May 2016


For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.

  H. L. Mencken

Decedent took his original copy

29 April 2016

[I]n 2001 decedent took his original copy of the 1997 will, urinated on it and then burned it. We hesitate to speculate how he accomplished the second act after the first. In any event, decedent’s actions lead to the compelling conclusion he intended to revoke the 1997 will.

Estate of Stoker, 193 Cal. App. 4th 236 (Cal. 2011)


29 April 2016

Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.

Ambrose Bierce

I went to a bookstore

28 April 2016

I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, ‘Where’s the self-help section?’ She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.

George Carlin


27 April 2016

Genre is a bookstore problem, not a literary problem.

Rick Moody

Books are like mirrors

26 April 2016

Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.

J.K. Rowling

Always read something

25 April 2016

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

P.J. O’Rourke

The Power of the Written Word

24 April 2016

Psychoanalysts in France, structuralists in the United States and France, conservative, liberal and left-wing thinkers in contemporary schools of linguistic philosophy agree about one thing; man became man not by the tool but by the Word. It is not walking upright and using a stick to dig for food or strike a blow that makes a human being, it is speech. And neither intelligent apes nor dolphins whispering marvels in the ocean share with us the ability to transform this direct communication into the written word, which sets up an endless chain of communication and commune between peoples and generations who will never meet.

Nadine Gordimer

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