Yesterday, I watched the second half of Magnolia, started the evening before. I've watched it dozens of times, and it's gone from "meh" to my top two favorite PT Anderson films. There's a quote heard throughout, and the last line for narrator Ricky Jay:
And the book says, "We may be through with the past, but the past ain't through with us."
In what "book" does this quote appear? After finding a clue on an archived thread that linked to a dead page that I found through the Wayback Machine that turned out to be a fake autobiography of one of the dead site's editorial staff-- well, I found it in an essay:
The full text of "The Natural History of Nonsense" is available from a personal page on the history of Cape Cod. The book itself is by renowned lexicographer Bergen Evans and concerns superstition in modern times. I think I'll buy it. Someday.
My kitchen ceiling flooded yesterday. Not sure how this poesy parody came to mind, but here it is.
Once upon a morning drizzly, while I hack-ed, gruff and grizzly,
O'er many quaint and curious statements of programmatic lore—
While I type-ed, buffers filling, suddenly there came a spilling,
As of something gently dripping, dripping on my kitchen floor—
"'Tis rain fallen," I muttered, "dripping on my kitchen floor—
Only this and nothing more."
Ah, distinctly I remember that chill and bleak nascent October;
As each accursed drop of water merged legion 'pon the kitchen floor.
Raging thus the pool to shallow; —vainly I sought towels to swallow;
and from linen rack surcease of deluge—deluge from the upstairs Floor—
From the queerly lun'tic dweller on the upstairs Floor—
Nameless here for evermore.