A Calculated Risk
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"Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil"If Thomas Mann was right, and tolerance in the face of evil is a crime, then what does a poor guy like Lando Calrissian do, clown shoes or not?
- Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain
The iron hand crush'd the Tyrant's headOr when he says, as he did in Oslo last week, “We can understand that there will be war, and still strive for peace,” has he mastered Keats' "negative capability"?
And became a Tyrant in his stead
Does anybody need another self-righteous rock singerBut this book is different. I wrote it.
Whose nose he says has led him straight to God?
"A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror."John Lennon was something of a conqueror. He was fierce, jubilant, a bully for sure, but courageous enough to cry and be achingly vulnerable. It was twenty-nine years ago that he was gunned down by "a local screwball" who thought he was the "catcher in the rye" and that John was the pied piper leading everyone over the edge.