Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Spotted: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

the author
Where: N-train
Who was reading: A snow-speckled brunette with a fulgent nose ring and rubber rain-boots in houndstooth. She propped the book ajar with a steaming mug of coffee.
Claim to Fame. This book is best known for combining all the graduation cards in the world, and incorporating them into one epic pep talk. 
And while it's hard not to be cynical about something so blatantly intended to inspire, it kind of weasels past your defenses, and makes you feel all positive in spite of yourself
Said Pausch: "If I could only give three words of advice, they would be, 'tell the truth.' If I got three more words, I'd add: 'All the time.'"
The truth? All the time? But what about those of us who can’t handle the truth? I mean, if people never lied, the majority of all novel plots would unravel faster than a poorly wound ball of yarn used as the Quaffle in a Kitten Quidditch match. Much better to leave something as dangerous as the truth “out there” ala the X files.


  1. Yarn... Kitten Quidditch Match...

  2. I had to look up fulgent. Thanks.

  3. ditto on both comments
    I had to look up fulgent
    So sad that not everyone can conjure up the image of kitten quidditch

  4. What is it with kittens these days? Yesterday a man (very kindly) gave up his seat because I was carrying a heavy box, and commented "I sure hope that box is full of kittens." I got a little bit carried away thinking about how cool that would be, and it didn't even occur to me until later that it was kind of a strange thing to say.

  5. "Kitten quidditch match" is why this blog will be required daily reading in my home. Keep up the great work.