Archive for October 12th, 2012


writing talent

I might say that the writing is smooth and agreeable and some of the pages very apt and charming. You have talent—which is the equivalent of a soldier having the right physical qualifications for entering West Point.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, letter toFrances Turnbull(1938)


an admirable undecided

I haven’t decided who I’m going to vote for [in 2012]. Just as was the case in 2008, I am going to watch the campaign unfold. In the course of my life I have voted for Democrats, I have voted for Republicans, I have changed from one four-year cycle to another, and I’ve always felt it my responsibility as a citizen, to take a look at the issues, examine the candidates, and pick the person that I think is best qualified for the office of the president in that year and not just solely on the basis of party affiliation.

Colin Powell, interview with CBS News “Face the Nation” (2011)

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