Tuesday, May 1, 2007

I just perused what I've been writing for the past few days. My mood's usually pretty stable; I tend to look at what's happening on the planet with bemused contempt - with the emphasis on bemused.

But the last few days what's been written by me has been written in very dark ink. Might just be because of a birthday I just didn't celebrate. The Providence Journal's going to be running an op-ed piece of mine - this week - about that birthday. I'll let that speak for itself.

So. I'm trying to lighten up. Here goes.

Didja see this story about Mitt Romney? He was asked by a reporter for Fox ( Hole ) News what his favorite novel was. Mitt said, " Battlefield Earth, " by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.

A " What he meant to say " spokesman later offered clarification.

" It was one of his favorite novels, " he offered.

Asked after this what he thought of " Battlefield Earth, " Mitt said:

" It was a very fun science fiction book. "

Asked then what his favorite book is, Romney said:

" The Bible. "

Aye yi yi. Aye yi yi. What can ya say? Say? Screaming's more like it.


Mr. Collins said...

just as an aside...I like good science fiction. I've never read Hubbard's book but I have heard friends say that it IS pretty good...as sci-fi, as a way of life, don't know. They, Scientologists, of course, have an interesting perspective on psychiatry as practiced (worshiped?) today.

Terrence said...

I'd forgotten about that. I Remember going to a grand rounds when I was working on the unit. Chairman of the psych department was talking about a recent Time cover story about Scientology's crusade against Prozac. And as far as psychiatry being worshipped, Robert Pirsig, in his sequel to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance ( Lila ) had some interesting things to say about that. I'll go pull Lila off the shelf and nose through it