Thursday, July 29, 2010

Let's get rid of it then, by all means

American humorist Don Marquis, creator of Archie & Mehitabel, was born on this day in 1878. He wrote:

"The only obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race."

Men were bad, incorrigibly so, Sully knew. The specimens lurking in the library lobby, adoze in chairs and at tables, groping in the stacks and jerking off in the stalls, surfing the Internet for God knew what, plotting their hijacks and heists, were wholly representative of the populace at large. Mischief on their minds, malice in their hearts. Malevolence. Here the accumulated wisdom of the world, the exalted ideas of great men and women, published for posterity and arrayed on row after row of shelves, could not avail against its palpable presence.  -- Chapter 16, The Misforgotten.

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