The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

8 July 2003

Gloomy gusto

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.

Posted by: Kathy K at 6:43 PM on 8 July 2003

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.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:23 PM on 8 July 2003

Sue 'em. For everything he/she is worth.

Which probably isn't much, come to think of it.

Posted by: David at 7:43 PM on 8 July 2003

Hire Spike Lee's lawyer, you might at least get a decent settlement.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:24 AM on 9 July 2003

Hire Johnnie Cochran? I'd rather eat worms.

Single-colored worms, at that.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:34 AM on 9 July 2003