Friday, September 21, 2007

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Not only does the illustrious President of Iran have a blog (with a handy English translation for those of you who can't read Farsi) -- but it also sports a fully customizable color palette. Hilarious.

(For those of you who are woefully behind the times, Ahmadinejad will in fact speak at Columbia on Monday, and I will be stationed feet away with the biggest lens I can get my hands on.)

On Writing

"Literature was born not the day when a boy crying 'wolf, wolf' came running out of the Neanderthal valley with a big gray wolf at his heels: literature was born on the day when a boy came crying 'wolf, wolf' and there was no wolf behind him. That the poor little fellow because he lied too often was finally eaten up by a real beast is quite incidental. But here is what is important: between the wolf in the tall grass and the wolf in the tall story there is a shimmering go-between. That go-between, that prism, is the art of literature."

--Vladimir Nabokov