Monday, July 09, 2007

Mister Cheesefoot

German cops crashing through the door of a darkened apartment, drawn by complaints of the what was believed to be a decomposing body found instead "a tenant with very smelly feet, asleep in bed next to a pile of foul-smelling laundry", according to a report by Reuters.

Someone said once that you learned more about the real world by reading the tabloids than the broadsheets. The stories featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post are all about presidents and tycoons, celebrities and criminals. But if you want to look through the fourth wall into civilization's rooms, the tabloids may provide a better glimpse. In that ordinary universe people worry about their acne, lay-bys, the busted washing machine and smelly feet. And I wonder whether this German gent, who by inference is not the sort of person whose doings will be covered in the Times of London, will clip out the references to the police raid on his aparment and treasure it as his one close brush with celebrity.

"Let us not speak, for the love we bear one another—
Let us hold hands and look."
She such a very ordinary little woman;
He such a thumping crook;
But both, for a moment, little lower than the angels
In the teashop's ingle-nook.

Nothing follows.


Blogger buddy larsen said...

"The Lord must love the common folk," said Abe Lincoln, "...for He made so many of them."

7/09/2007 10:04:00 PM  
Blogger 3Case said...

My college roommate had a pair of sneakers like that. We made him store them in the stairwell across the hall.

Real people are far more fascinating.

7/10/2007 06:32:00 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

a helpful thing to always remember is that islam is an old empire / late civilization -- religion.

I read an interesting thread at freerepublic that recounted the betrayal of spain by spanis arian princes to the moors. ie several arian spanish princes invited the moors to help them fight their battles against trinitarian spanish princes in the eighth century. The moslems obliged and conquered everyone in spain.

the spanish princes who aided the moors were all practionars of the Arian heresy. this was no accident. most of the christian lands that the moslems rolled over in the middle east and north africa during the 7th century were practionars of the arian heresy.

basically the arians attitude toward jesus was the same as that of the moslems. ie Jesus was a great man and a prophet. but he is no God.

In recent centuries this heresy has been gaining strength in the west from the time of Isaac Newton on. However, imho the power of both arianism --as well as -- atheism and paganism--have crested in the west. I think that the intellectual passion has gone out of all three but there are centuries of forward inertia built up behind them.

7/10/2007 02:39:00 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

"Someone said once that you learned more about the real world by reading the tabloids than the broadsheets."

You are probably referring to K in the movie Men in Black. After telling J that they're going to check the "hot sheets," K pulls up to a newsstand and buys a pile of supermarket tabloids:
J: *These* are the hot sheets?
K: Best investigative reporting on the planet. But go ahead, read the New York Times if you want. They get lucky sometimes.

7/10/2007 02:46:00 PM  

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