8 July 2003
Now this is pithy:
If there is one consistent undercurrent in Nineties America, it's the theme of diminished expectations the death of optimism, if you will. People now routinely expect things to get worse before they get better, if they're going to get better at all. In this kind of atmosphere, suicide begins to look like the single most sincere form of self-criticism.
Credited as "found on the internet".
More precisely, it was found here.
Posted at 4:11 PM to Almost Yogurt
Send her a note. She probably found it somewhere else, with that attribution, or got it sent in e-mail.
I've found that most people are happy to credit the source when they find out who it is (and I've sent a lot of notes on behalf of various authors). They are just too lazy to go hunt down the author of a quote.
I'm not particularly miffed by this. But one thing did strike me as weird: I discovered the passage while scanning my referrer logs, and someone had actually Googled the phrase "In this kind of atmosphere, suicide begins to look", and while the copy was at the top of the results, the original was #3. I rather think I wouldn't have bothered had it been the other way around.
Sue 'em. For everything he/she is worth.
Which probably isn't much, come to think of it.
Hire Spike Lee's lawyer, you might at least get a decent settlement.
Hire Johnnie Cochran? I'd rather eat worms.
Single-colored worms, at that.