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The Laughing Academy

A Life of Noisy Desperation

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I am, in no particular order, a Florida-born Noo Yawkuh; half-Chinese; a rabid bibliophile; a would-be writer; a big fan of too-smart-for-its-own-good-pop and outsider music (death to Top Forty!), cartoons, comic books, pulp paperbacks, science fiction, silent comedies, vaudeville, sideshows, and other forms of cheap and/or brightly colored fun; an older sister; an only daughter; and in no particular order.

...Born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.
Raphael Sabatini, Scaramouche

To be “matter of fact” about the world is to blunder into fantasy — and dull fantasy at that, as the real world is strange and wonderful.
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.
Gloria Steinem

I know what I mean when I say I believe in the law of inverse squares and I will not rest my life and my hopes upon weaker convictions.
Thomas Huxley, in a letter to Reverend Canon Kingsley

We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.
H. L. Mencken

Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.
G.K. Chesterton

You snooze you lose / Well I have snost and lost
Mike Doughty

I can but entreat you to remember it is only by preserving faith in human dreams that we may, after all, perhaps some day make them come true.
James Branch Cabell, The Cream of the Jest

I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody’s right to beautiful, radiant things.
Emma Goldman

For Drake is no longer in his hammock, children, nor is Arthur somewhere sleeping, and you may not lie idly expecting the second coming of anybody now, because the world is yours and it is up to you. Now especially since man has the strength to destroy this world, it is the responsibility of man to keep it alive, in all its beauty and marvelous joy...And the world will still be imperfect, because men are imperfect. Good men will still be killed by bad, or sometimes by other good men, and there will still be pain and disease and famine, anger and hate. But if you work and care and are watchful, as we have tried to be for you, then in the long run the worse will never, ever, triumph over the better.
Susan Cooper, Silver on the Tree

Our songs will all be silenced. But what of it? Go on singing.
Orson Welles, F For Fake

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