“A man we know bought up a big piece of good land nearby, a second home, and once, at a dinner, I heard him say, “In my retirement, I just want to be a simple farmer. I want … tranquillity.” What you really want is a garden, I thought to myself. A very, very small one.”—The Dirty Life
“The real grotesqueness isn’t in infantry soldiers taking a few war trophies. No, it’s the idea that’s been sold to the American public that war can be sterile. It’s the idea that 18-year-olds who have been ordered to kill people will never play with the body parts afterward.”—"Why soldiers take photos," Salon, (April 22, 2012)
“'In a way, the United States is becoming like Old Europe, which is very strange in historical perspective,' Mr. Piketty said. 'The United States used to be very egalitarian, not just in spirit but in actuality. Inequality of wealth and income used to be much larger in France. And very high taxes on the very rich — that was invented in the United States.'”—"For Two Economists, the Buffett Rule is Just a Start," New York Times, (April 17, 2012)
We have trouble, in our culture, with any love that isn’t based on sex or blood. We understand romantic relationships, and we understand family, and that’s about all we seem to understand.
We have trouble with mentorship, the asymmetric love of master and apprentice, professor and student, guide and guided; we have trouble with comradeship, the bond that comes from shared, intense work; and we have trouble with friendship, at least of the intimate kind. When we imagine those relationships, we seem to have to sexualize them.