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December 07, 2010


I share a birthday with Henry VIII, Mel Brooks, and Gilda Radner. I'm imperial, but funny.


It is too easy to scoff. Free yourself of received ideas, why doncha?

ASTRONOMY An admirable science. Useful only to sailors. In speaking of it, poke fun at astrology.
Dictionary of Received Ideas,
Gustave Flaubert (Dec. 12, 1821)

More Blue Zenith (on James Tate)

Huh? Who's scoffing?

Sorry, I thought you were scoffing.

Centuries of persecution have made me overly sensitive.

and I missed the overtones of comparing yourself to Gilda Radner. Glad your appetite has returned, and rest assured there is no evidence that survival figures are skewed by birthdates.

Just came across 'Cherubic', in Lost River, another version of the Sagittarian meme, including a full-out Rilkean naming of new constellations and signs.

I think it is perfectly logical for poets to trip out on astrology, which is for the stars about the stars and by the stars. Fate may not be in the constellations, but we look not to the streets or the sewers but to the heavens for "Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance."

Dear Laura,

I'm terribly embarrassed about my responses to your comments on my recent post. I was seized by a manic lack of judgment fueled by the honor of being recognized in so distinguished a venue. From my tone you would not know that I and my family are currently embroiled in cancer. I meant only to distance myself from astrology's necromantic association, and be a smarty-pants.

Emoticons fail me.

Healthy and Happy Holidays,

Mark S.

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