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This is my brain on Sam


Estragon: I can't go on like this.
Vladimir: That's what you think.

Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

Did you know that today, a Friday the 13th, is the 101st birthday of Samuel Beckett? All in all, a most fitting day upon which to contemplate that the roof still leaks.

After the $1,300 patch job by the seemingly thorough, intelligent roofers yesterday.

After the $900 patch job by the hasty, dopey roofers a year ago.

Before the nor'easter the day after tomorrow.

Thanks to Beckett, however, I now have a cognitive model for the implacable drip through the ceiling of the laundry room. Happy century-plus-one, Samwise! (With thanks to Kora in Hell for an excellent tribute and links.)

Decidedly it will never have been given to me to finish anything, except perhaps breathing. One must not be greedy…
The tears stream down my cheeks from my unblinking eyes. What makes me weep so? From time to time. There is nothing saddening here. Perhaps it is liquefied brain.
                                                                                                                                                                           --Malone Dies (1951)


Posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 at 11:36AM by Registered CommenterBrenda from Brooklyn | Comments1 Comment

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I couldn't help but put together my misreading of your first line (as read on houseblogs), with your last line - though perhaps you need to be, like me, a menopausal woman to understand why I'm laughing so hard.

This is how I read it:

Estrogen: I can't go on like this.
Perhaps it is liquefied brain.

(explanation for those who haven't been there: Losing your estrogen carries with it the risk of ending up with what appears to be a totally liquified brain; it also carries with it the risk of having the people you love wanting to liquify or generally pulverize your brain when it's subjected to hormonally induced mood swings.)
April 13, 2007 at 03:22PM | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

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