Tuesday, October 31, 2006

you say you want, diamonds on a ring of gold.

from Cannery Row:

"It has always seemed strange to me," said Doc. "The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism, and self interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first, they love the produce of the second."
"Who wants to be good if he has to be hungry too?" said Richard Frost.
"Oh, it isn't a matter of hunger. It's something quite different. The sale of souls to gain the whole world is completely voluntary and almost unanimous...."

loved this story....read it for the first time today...book club meeting is in less than an hour. In lieu of looking for work as I was supposed to, I spent the day pondering the great John Steinbeck.

Forever a wayfaring disillusioned young soul.
(happy halloween b.t.w.)


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