Just don’t fall recklessly, headlessly in love with me Cause its gonna...– “Hang with me” - Robyn
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2010-7-25) →
God Help The Girl (40) 彭羚 (28) Allen Toussaint (24) 土岐麻子 (24) 陳奐仁、歐陽靖 (23) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
HARVEY: Look, I think you an’ I got a lot in common. How am I gonna get you to come visit me in Cleveland?
JOYCE: Cleveland? You think that’s a good idea?
HARVEY: It’s a great idea. You should meet me, ‘cause I’m a great guy. Despite the way my comics read, I got a lot of redeeming characteristics.
JOYCE: I don’t know. Where would I stay?
HARVEY: With me. Don’t worry, I’m not gonna put no moves on you or anything.
JOYCE: I’m not worried about that ... Hold on, I just spilled chamomile tea all over my bathrobe.
HARVEY: So what are ya worried about then?
JOYCE: Well, the way all those different artists draw you, I don’t quite know what to expect. I mean sometimes you look like a younger Brando, but then the way Crumb draws you -- like a hairy ape with all those stinky, wavy lines radiating off your body -- it’s kind of scary.
HARVEY: Those are motion lines. I’m an active guy. Anyway, just come out here an’ I’ll try to be anyone you want me ta be.
JOYCE: That’s a dangerous offer. I’m a notorious reformer ...
HARVEY: Hey Toby, can you eat lentils during lent?
TOBY: Sure. I don’t see why not. You can’t eat meat on certain days, but lentils should be acceptable anytime.
HARVEY: Ya think there’s any connection between lentils and lent?
TOBY: I don’t think so but I’ll ask Sister Mary Fred at church on Sunday.
HARVEY: Sister Mary Fred, huh? Is she cute? Sounds kinda mannish but who am I to be picky.
TOBY: Harvey, you’re funny. She’s a nun.
HARVEY: So what? Maybe she became a nun because she couldn’t get a guy.
TOBY: Harvey, she became a nun because she had a higher calling.
HARVEY: Higher calling. That is such a crock of shit. I don’t know why you waste your time prayin’ anyway.
TOBY: Well, Harvey, I like the ritual. And I’m a very spiritual person. You know, you should try believing in something bigger than yourself. It might cheer you up.
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2010-7-18) →
Allen Toussaint (52) Kahimi Karie (37) Alicia Keys (30) 小野リサ (30) Celso Fonseca & Ronaldo Bastos (28) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
Ms. Tippett: And there's this section — I'm going to just read a little bit of it — where she is looking at the natural world in Africa. She says: "As a teenager reading African parasitology books in the medical library, I was boggled by the array of creatures equipped to take root upon a human body. I'm boggled still, but with a finer appreciation in the partnership. Back then I was still a bit appalled that God would set down the barefoot boy and girl dollies into an Eden where, presumably, He had just turned loose elephantiasis and microbes that eat the human cornea. Now I understand, God is not just rooting for the dollies."
Ms. Kingsolver: I think that's true. We, we think we're so smart, we humans, you know, we're just top-heavy hominids walking around in shoes, thinking we own the place. And then, what do you know? We discover that we are animals, indeed, subject to the same biological laws as, as everything else, subject to the same physics. Yep, gravity still applies to us. If we trip, we're going to fall down. I happen to think it's also a wonderful place to be as a creature among creatures. I think one of the most glorious things about doing something as simple as going to the farmers' market or going to a you-pick operation — going to visit a farm and picking your own food — is to realize that it's a really wonderful thing to be an animal living in a habitat, being a part of a food chain. There's this enormous comfort in belonging to a cycle and to see that food isn't a product but a process. This terror of the unknown becomes much more manageable when we accept that, yes, we are our biology. We really are what we eat. And it actually really tastes good.
Ms. Tippett: Now I'm looking at the sweep of your writing over, say, the last 10 years. It seems to me that that September 11th also kind of formed the sense of urgency that you have now. You talked then about the prideful wastefulness, our prideful wastefulness as a nation. I think you just described that in more detail.
Ms. Kingsolver: Sometimes I think it's prideful. Sometimes I think it's just clueless. I mean, no — and — I mean that to describe myself as much as anyone. We don't have a clue sometimes about how or what we are wasting. It's so easy for us to have, for example, foods that were grown on the other side of the world and brought to us, without any idea who grew it, who worked for what low wage to harvest it, who had to breathe pesticides in order to put it on a truck. You know, those questions have — a curtain has been drawn over the whole process so that we've come to look at our food as a product. It isn't. It's, it's all …
Ms. Tippett: Those are moral questions.
Ms. Kingsolver: It's all a process and those are moral questions. If we care to draw back the curtain and look, it isn't all bad news. I think the subject of food seems daunting because there are so many different questions, so many different problems...