Friday, April 12, 2013

Today, The Deadline Poet Experiences Newsnesia?

Calvin Trillin needs a timeout from cable TV news. The poor guy is experiencing cognitive slippage. Every hour, it's a new crisis. Whatever happened to the bank crisis in Cyprus? What crisis? Old news dies quickly. Today's TV news mania is dominated by the Hobbit-dictator of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the possibility that the North Korean military will launch an ICBM with a nuclear payload. On top of that, last week's news leaked that among the handful of U.S. targets for a North Korean nuke is Austin, TX. Eek! What the hell did we do to the Hobbit? If this is (fair & balanced) fear & loathing, so be it.

[The Nation]
Moving On
By The Deadline Poet (Calvin Trillin)

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Now Syria's descending into hell
And Kim Jong-un again is acting out.
Then there's Iran. It's hard now to recall
Just what that thing in Cyprus was about

[Calvin Trillin began his career as a writer for Time magazine. Since July 2, 1990, as a columnist at The Nation, Trillin has written his weekly "Deadline Poet" column: humorous poems about current events. Trillin has written considerably more pieces for The Nation than any other single person. A native of Kansas City, MO, Trillin received his BA from Yale College in 1957. He served in the army, and then joined Time.]

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