Twice Bad Blood

Here are a couple of really good songs which both happen to share a title. The first is Ryan Adams covering a Taylor Swift song. The second is by an up-and-coming hard rock band called ForeverAtLast. Enjoy!



New Beginnings

When all the shadows flee their markers
and your only fear is of standing still,
the tired roads relent: dust and parting.
The whole world becomes the only path . . .

Sheer willingness.
Do not doubt yourself (as they do),
for that rope will slip around your defenses
but won’t catch you flying . . .

Thought of the Day (Freudian Edition)

To paraphrase Sigmund Freud:

A man loans his neighbor a kettle. When the neighbor returns it, the man notices that it is damaged. The man demands restitution. The neighbor replies: “The kettle is not damaged. And besides, it was damaged when I borrowed it. Furthermore, I never borrowed it in the first place.”

This is how denial works in the classic conception, scattershot and shamelessly contradictory. The point is not to make a rational case but rather to overwhelm anyone who would try to reason with you. This technique works as well as it does because false narratives are far easier to create than to debunk. Or to borrow a phrase from Mark Twain:

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.