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Best Trump Ouroboros ever — and other phrasings of interest

[ by Charles Cameron — politics gets literary fast in this one ]

An amazingly candid gesture from Donald Trump‘s back-story:

In a 1997 interview with Howard Stern, he described escaping from his own wedding reception—his second, when he married Marla Maples—as quickly as possible to look at coverage of the wedding.

How “Fox & Friends” Rewrites Trump’s Reality


The only vaguely comparable gesture I can think of for its severity is the one in which an unstable genius by any account, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, chose not to attend his own daughter Ruth‘s wedding because he weighed up “the realization of my inner life” against “the work required to achieve an external life” and decided not to attend lest he miss a poem inbound during the journey or ceremony — or was it Cézanne he praised, “for not losing an afternoon of painting even to attend his only daughter’s wedding”? Surely they can’t both have missed their daughters’ respective weddings!

Or can they, almost?

Here’s a poem by Richard Michelson from More Money than God:

Cézanne Forgets His Wife’s Funeral

The day Rilke missed his daughter’s wedding,
the lesser poets, pens capped, were making love
in the Bavarian countryside, or feeding the chickens
on their fathers’ farms. But Rilke is bent over, chiseling
each syllable, although the chiselers who run the world
pay by the pound. Here, in the cherry orchard of his
patron’s château, he pauses, listens for the nightingales
singing their Keatsian songs, masking the pitiful sound
of his grandmother’s dying. What’s your excuse?


But in truth I am late again, running lights
and thinking of Cézanne, who is smiling
as he folds up his easel. Hortense, come quickly,
, he calls out; only then, remembering.


Well, that little meander through Rilke and Cézanne was a little more romantically endearing than the Trump matter..

Other oddments I’ve run across recently — I’ll use the comments section here to collect others —

A Freedom Outpost ouroboros:

Evidently now writing about Facebook censorship is grounds for being censored on Facebook.

Not terribly democratic, if true..

A note from friend JM Berger:

.. and there was something about whether Steve Bannon was a scapegoat or a lightning rod — a fine distinction for ontologists to ponder.


Discuss, eh?

3 Responses to “Best Trump Ouroboros ever — and other phrasings of interest”

  1. Charles Cameron Says:

    It’s several months old, but this is a truly finely phrased ouroboros from Donald J:

  2. Charles Cameron Says:

    Noise-eating noise — a great ouroboros from Amanda Petrusich’s piece Lana Del Rey, Radiohead, and the Difficulty of Making Original Music in the New Yorker —

    White noise is generally defined by hazy and inharmonious hissing—it’s noise-eating noise, anti-noise, a way of drowning out other sounds. Per a BBC report, the claimants accusing Tomczak of infringement included companies who peddle white-noise recordings as sleep therapy. It turns out that his nondescript hissing mirrored their nondescript hissing. (Following the BBC’s report, all of the claims were dropped.)

    Great ouroboros, fascinating article.
    As a writer and game designer myself, I should no doubt be concerned about copyright — but am far too sympathetic to artistic borrowing even when it borders on infringement or plagiarism to do much about it. I steal mostly from Bach: go figure.

  3. Grurray Says:

    The old joke was if you steal from one person it’s plagiarism, and if you steal from many it’s research. If you steal from all other sounds with white noise, then you are back to plagiarism.

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