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August 22nd, 2019 
10:21 am - Thursday Reads


Thursday Reads

'Nicotine' a novel by Nell Zink

'Another Roadside Attraction' a novel by Tom Robbins

'An Arsonist's Guide To Writer's Homes In New England' a novel by Brock Clarke

'Am I alone Here? Notes On Living To Read and Reading To Live' essays by Peter Orner

'Doing Theology With The Reformers' by Gerald L. Bray

'Romans 1-8' New Testament VII Reformation Commentary On Scripture Edited By Gwenfair Walters Adams

'The Works Of William Perkins' Volume 7 Edited By Shawn D. Wright And Andrew S. Ballitch

'Biblical Theology of the New Testament' by Peter Stuhlmacher translated and edited by Daniel P. Bailey foreword by G.K. Beale
01:34 pm - Ollie
Ollie
It is 12:17 PM Thursday afternoon here in the Dead Zone. I have thus far normal day in world history. I got up this morning around 5:40 AM with Carol and Ollie. So I got up to live out this day. I toasted frozen waffles for breakfast. After breakfast I messed with our main computer and then wrote in my paper diary.

Carol left this morning around 8:30 AM to go up North to spend the night with nurse friends at a friend's cabin. I spent the morning reading my books and writing in my paper diary. I also filmed a video this morning on what I have been reading lately.

I have no plans for the afternoon hours. I should take Ollie for a walk around the block this afternoon.

Last night I mainly read till I went to bed from a novel titled, 'Nicotine' by Nell Zink. I should finish reading today the novel 'Nicotine' so I can get ready to read Zink's novel 'Doxology'.

There is nothing pressing on my mind this afternoon. just the same old shit. This morning I read from these books when not wandering my cell-

'Doing Theology With The Reformers' by Gerald L. Bray

'Romans 1-8' New Testament VII Reformation Commentary On Scripture Edited By Gwenfair Walters Adams

Yesterday throughout the day I read from these books-

'Another Roadside Attraction' a novel by Tom Robbins

'Nicotine' a novel by Nell Zink

'Am I Alone Here? Notes On Living To Read and Reading To Live' essays by Peter Orner

Did I mention I got in the mail yesterday a book titled, 'A Second Mencken Chrestomathy' by H. L. Mencken Edited and with an introduction by Terry Teachout. I have been reading off and lately 'The Diary Of H. L. Mencken' Edited by Charles A. Fecher. I also started reading, 'Mencken: The American Iconoclast' biography by Marion Elizabeth Rodgers.

I will close to face what comes next. There is no way of escape.


In a heavy rain standing
Off an old county road
'Side a high rolling river so swift
There was a hitchhiking stranger
Quite pale from the cold
On a cane, tryin' to thumb down a lift
Well, I pulled up beside him
And let my window on down
To the rain and the bone-chilling wind
Said "You look awful worn
In this late-winter storm
Which way are you headed, my friend?"

"Right up to the spotlight
Drinkin' all that Coke and gin
And I'll be suit-wearin' man
With gold in my hand
If today doesn't do me in"

Behind a gas station counter
Moving crates full of things
That looked far too heavy for her
There stood a girl with a frown
Said, "Let me just set these down
And I'll be right with you, sir"
I said, "No hurry here
Take all the time that you want"
She said, "A little time and you just wait and see
Oh, I'll be without a care
When I finally get there"
I said, "Miss, tell me where might that be"

"Right up to the spotlight
Drinkin' all that Coke and gin
And I'll be a dress-wearin' girl
With the heels and the pearls
If today doesn't do me in
If today doesn't do me in"

Well, I got a head-full this morning
Cuttin' out through the fog
You know, I can't help but wonder what's left
From every road that dead-ends
To those old bitter men
Passing time on the old courthouse steps
And there's a feeling you get
Not far from despair
That sometimes sets in on your mind
But if it's all that you've got
You still set the clock
And get up with a reason to climb

Right up to the spotlight
Drinking all that coke and gin
And I'll leave these shadows behind
For a new peace of mind
If today doesn't do me in
If today doesn't do me in


Sometimes I don't know where
This dirty road is taking me
Sometimes I can't even see the reason why
I guess I keep a-gamblin'
Lots of booze and lots of ramblin'
It's easier than just waitin' around to die

One time, friends, I had a ma
I even had a pa
He beat her with a belt once 'cause she cried
She told him to take care of me
Headed down to Tennessee
It's easier than just waitin' around to die

I came of age and I found a girl
In a Tuscaloosa bar
She cleaned me out and hit in on the sly
I tried to kill the pain, bought some wine
And hopped a train
Seemed easier than just waitin' around to die

A friend said he knew
Where some easy money was
We robbed a man, and brother did we fly
The posse caught up with me
And dragged me back to Muskogee
It's two long years I've been waitin' around to die

Now I'm out of prison
I got me a friend at last
He don't drink or steal or cheat or lie
His name's Codine
He's the nicest thing I've seen
Together we're gonna wait around and die
Together we're gonna wait around and die
06:45 pm - Ollie
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