We all now know, beyond doubt that Dear Leader is an illiterate moron. With the brain of chicken, as Connie used to say when she did something silly. Orange Julius Caesar does nothing else. So, today brings us some stark contrast.

"How did you end up here, Marilynne? What happened? Was it libraries?"

In 2015, President Obama sought out the novelist Marilynne Robinson, the author of the acclaimed Gilead trilogy, for a wide-ranging conversation. They spoke with the ease and deft mutual flattery of friends, touching on democracy and education, their Midwestern roots and love of literature. Obama's question lay at the crux of their discussion.

Is there any way to imagine Carrot Top even considering books???

Here's the quote that made me stop.

As a child, her teachers told her, "You have to live with your mind your whole life"; they taught her the value of building it, making it worthy. It was, she has said, the most important lesson she ever received.

Since at least high school, I've always answered various existential questions with, "you live between your ears". A point of view that doesn't drive one to keep up with the Joneses, naturally. All these years later, it's more than a tad comforting to find it in print.

An ironic way to close the piece

"Slander" is the story of Robinson's strained relationship with her mother. "With a little difficulty we finally reached an accommodation, an adult friendship," she writes. "Then she started watching Fox News." Her mother and her fellow retirees began to share "salacious dread over coffee cake," fretting over the rumored "war against Christmas." "My mother lived out the end of her fortunate life in a state of bitterness and panic, never having had the slightest brush with any experience that would confirm her in these emotions, except, of course, Fox News," Robinson writes. The essay brings all the abstractions home, makes real and painful the cost of ceding an independence of mind.

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Comment by koshersalaami on February 21, 2018 at 1:08pm

It also shows the pernicious effects of Fox News, leaving this poor woman living out her life in bitterness and panic. For no reason. 

Comment by Maui Surfer on February 21, 2018 at 2:22pm

And, it shows the RACIST internal nature that Fox plays on, Lee Atwater on steroids with a megaphone and movie screen behind him. The whole thing is the Whitey Show, anyone who was here before or after some lame ass Protestants who believed in witches, or some conniving Catholics who really do have a thing with the Mafia going on, still to this day, is the "Other" and ought to take your precious belongings, make your grass grow weeds at the least ... War on Christmas my ass while Wal-Mart and Amazon rake in billions, some war, eh?

Comment by Foolish Monkey on February 21, 2018 at 9:19pm

The last paragraph is so provocative - it really has me thinking about the mental state of seniors. Are we more worried? or is it that were fascinated with bad news. 

When I think about it I don't recall finding the news nearly as fascinating or as important as I do now. I'm gobsmacked that others (regardless of age) arent as interested in the news. If there was ever a time to watch the news and be aware, its now. 

I get the impression theyre actually annoyed with its importance- like Russians influencing the election - many people don't find it in the least relevant! 

as for the idiot he can hardly form a sentence on a good day. Someone had to write down a few civilized sentiments and comments for him to make at the listening session today. 

Comment by koshersalaami on February 21, 2018 at 9:43pm

They had to do the same for Reagan

Comment by Robert Young on February 21, 2018 at 9:44pm

vocabulary of a 6 year old.  intellect, too.

Comment by Tom Cordle on February 23, 2018 at 11:11am

This isn't just a matter of tRump's glaringly obvious lack of intellect and interest; it is also a matter of his lack of insight. That may seem strange in a man who purportedly operates only on instinct. But that apparent contradiction is easily explained: If your only instinct is survival, then the only thing you can see is what you see in the mirror – and the only thing you can feel is what causes you pain personally.

Note the words on the note tRump carried with him to that meeting: "I hear you". No, sir, you appeared to listen, but you did not hear. Your insatiable greed renders you deaf to another's pleas and incapable of feeling another's pain; you will never hear the former and never bear the latter.

That someone has to tell you how to feel is primae facie evidence that you don't feel at all. Said it before, but it bears repeating:  If you don't have a soul, you can't have empathy.

Comment by Robert Young on February 23, 2018 at 12:16pm

not that I'll watch (Tiger is playing), but tRump is "taking questions" (may be, may be not) at the same time Gates is expected to plead guilty.  one step closer.

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