BOMBAST and BLUSTER and 1984

“[With Ronald] Reagan, Joan Didion wrote, “rhetoric was soon understood to be interchangeable with action.”

As quoted in Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser

Forty years later it has reached its apotheosis.

BOMBAST and BLUSTER

and

Trump’s Press Conferences and 1984

 

Quote of the Week #23: October 6, 2013

Joan Didion.  illustration 2013 jpbohannon  based on portrait by Lisa Congdon for Reconstructionists project

Joan Didion.
illustration 2013 jpbohannon
based on portrait by Lisa Congdon for Reconstructionists project

“I’m not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I’m just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave’s a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace. Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue, or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children. And that’s what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck at it.”

Joan Didion