…In Citation (I) The cutting-room floor…

The cutting-room floor comes into view
The editor sat irate, mistakes at his feet
So nearly a vision, so far a hack-job
Sharp tongue and fingers picking at an author’s career


or political and bureaucratic reasons, governments at all levels are telling far less to the public than to the insiders about how to prepare for and behave in the initial chaos of a mass-casualty event – Barton Gellman

Under conditions of tyranny it is far easier to act than to think – Hannah Arendt

Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence – Buddha

Karma, simply put, is an action for an action… good or bad – Stephen Richards


You can’t predict anything. How can you be certain about anything when everything is chaos and we’re not in control? – John Lloyd

Obviously, there must be some connection between the subordination of actual individuals and the grotesque exaltation of symbolic ones like Kim Il Sung                              – Christopher Hitchens

Unfortunately, I have dedicated great effort to the task of compiling this ‘sensitive words glossary,’ and I have mastered my filtering skills. I knew which words and sentences had to be cut, and I accepted the cutting as if that was the way it should be. In fact, I will often take it on myself to save time and cut a few words. I call this ‘castrated writing’– I am a proactive eunuch, I have already castrated myself before the surgeon raises his scalpel – Murong Xuecun


But on the other hand, in the midst of the chaos, you find normal people. You find people who are willing to risk their lives to tell you what they saw, even though they have no dog in the fight – John Pomfret

Unless and until something concrete is done about addressing the Israeli-Palestinian issue you won’t get a real start on the war against terrorism – Bob Hawke

Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us – William O. Douglas

Everything is contingent, and there is also chaos – Spalding Gray

Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos – Stephen Sondheim

pholding human rights is not merely compatible with fighting terrorism, it is essentialJoichi Ito


2 things form the bedrock of any open society -freedom of expression and rule of law. If you don’t have those things, you don’t have a free country – Salman Rushdie

1 does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship – George Orwell


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