From outside one will always triumphantly impress theories upon the world and then fall straight into the ditch one has dug, but only from inside will one keep oneself and the world quiet and true. /FK (Contact: TBONotebooks at fastmail.fm. The Blue Octavo Notebooks welcomes mail, although we cannot guarantee a response. Your email may be posted in part on The Blue Octavo Notebooks unless otherwise requested.) Please enjoy the notebook entries, and thanks for reading.

Saturday, May 01, 2004

Don’t Know Much About Geography? According to Robert “hundreds of corpses in Jenin but I never called it a massacre” Fisk, “Those American soldiers in Saddam's old prison at Abu Ghraib, those young British squaddies in Basra came - as soldiers often come - from towns and cities where race hatred has a home: Tennessee and Lancashire.” Um, Tennessee ain’t a town or a city, y’know. And this, from the same mocking maven who in his previous column was whining about “the Malaprops of American English.” Anyway, I look forward to reading the rest of Fisk’s latest screed.

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