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Monday, December 5, 2011


A poet’s proposal

I think I can offer this
simple remedy for a part
at least of the world’s
ills and evil I suggest
that everyone should be
required to change his
name every ten years I
think this would put a
stop to a whole lot of
ambition compulsion ego
and like breeders of dis-
cord and wasted motion.

– James Laughlin, quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 24, 1978

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