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December 29, 2008


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To express thanks for an action gratuitously undertaken is to risk redundancy. Yet the inversion of the names, an echo of the chiasmus in Joseph,is as pertinent as NPR on the truths of "The Godfather," and to you kind sir goes the gratitude of the new south to the torching of Georgia, a very emotional event. One question: why Job? What if the heroine is not the idiotic Timon or the conceited Coriolanus but an average Connie who is fed up with a low carb diet and can explain why British actors make the best Confederate soldiers and spouses. Who's sorry now?

Does Mr. McDuck have any insight in this question that has been consuming us: Where Did The $50 Billion Dollars Go? Did it just vanish in some further epistemological proof? Is it living down the street like Hawthorne's "Wakefield"? Follow the money, Scrooge....follow the money.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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