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Good Quotations: A Breath Of Fresh Air

A little over a year ago, Louis C.K. took the stodgy out of public radio for forty minutes and got really real with NPR’s Terry Gross on Fresh Air. The two spoke about the fundamentals of Louis’ life: sex, food, self-loathing, comedy, divorce, kids, masturbation — much of the stuff his top-drawer comedy is based around.

The conversation proved too much for some — Mississippi Public Broadcasting was so offended they dropped Fresh Air from its program lineup (they eventually recanted). C.K.’s reaction is worth your time:

“I guess what I’d ask you to do, Mississippi, is go ahead and let there be something on the air that you don’t like, because your neighbor may like it; somebody in your family may like it; and you may benefit from hearing it. I think it’s a shame when people want to stop something from being on the air because they don’t agree with it. There’s a lot of things on television that I hate, but I’m glad they’re there, and I watch them. I don’t like Glenn Beck; I don’t like Bill O’Reilly. But I watch them, and the reason I do is because I want to understand people I disagree with; I think you grow from that. I’m glad that this country has such a wide spectrum of ideas, and that everyone can express them.”

And just for the heck of it, here’s more life with Louis:

Thanks, T.

The Meaning Of Life After 9/11

I don’t think the Goods has much to add to the omnipresent coverage of 9/11 + 10, but we can share one mighty powerful conversation that came out of this week of reflection and reevaluation:

There are a lot of 9/11 survivors out there, but few as awe-inspiring as the firefighters who jolted into the towers and somehow made it out to tell their stories.

One such hero is Deputy Chief Jay Jonas, who spoke to NPAh’s Terry Gross earlier this week. Hero Jonas was on the fourth floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower when it collapsed. Jonas and 12 of his fellow firefighters took cover as 106 stories crumbled down on them and the one petrified woman they managed to save, the woman who made their immense effort worthwhile.

The interview with Jonas is so very absolutely worth your time, especially if you haven’t heard any stories from inside the towers. Out of an unconscionable act came a whole lot of unimaginable feats of bravery, selflessness and compassion.

GROSS: You both know a lot of people who died on September 11th. You both know a lot of people who have chronic health problems as a result of it, and Dennis Smith, you are one of those who has chronic health problems as a result. And Chief Jonas, you do too, though not as severe. I’m wondering if 9/11, and all of the aftermath that you’ve witnessed, have changed the way you see the meaning or the lack of meaning in life?

Mr. SMITH: That really is a question for Chief Jonas, honestly. You know, I have never met anybody in my life who has been through what he has been through and, yeah.

Mr. JONAS: Meaning of life? Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. I really have no regrets of any of my actions on that day, even though we took extraordinary risk. And if I did die that day, I would have died doing something that I love and helping out my fellow man. So the meaning of life: Just live life to its fullest and help other people and that’s it. You know, try not to be so self-absorbed and try to seek out things that you can do to make a difference in somebody else’s life.

Good Quotations: Saliva Via The Milky Way

“The saliva in your mouth comes from the Milky Way. Saliva is 99.5 percent water. And all the water on Earth was actually formed in space, in interstellar gas clouds. And it was delivered here when the Earth was formed, or shortly thereafter, in exactly the form it’s in.”

“So all the water on Earth – the water in your Evian bottle, the water in your glass of water, the water you use to boil a pot of spaghetti – all that water is 4.3 or 4.4 billion years old. No water’s being created on Earth. No water’s being destroyed on Earth. And what that means is the whole debate about reusing wastewater is kind of silly, because all the water we’ve got right now has been used over and over again. Every drink of water you take, every pot of coffee you make is dinosaur pee, because it’s all been through the kidneys of a Tyrannosaurus Rex or an Apatosaurus many, many times, because all the water we have is all the water we have ever had.”

“And to me, that’s actually good news. Water is incredibly resilient. It’s unlike fuel or other natural resources. It can be used over and over and over again, and it emerges – except for needing to be cleaned, ready to use again – exactly as water… That’s sort of part of the magic of water, is it’s cosmic juice that came from interstellar space, which is wonderful to sort of pause and appreciate. And it’s the most resilient thing we’ve got in daily use that is in high demand.”

Charles Fishman, author of “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water”, on Fresh Air earlier this month.

I Met The Walrus

John Lennon was all over the place last week. The former vocalist of The Quarrymen would have turned 70 on October 9 had an unfortunate series of events not transpired.

Alas, all we are saying is remember when you can. I Met the Walrus, a brilliant short film made by a couple Canucks, really helps:

I Met The Walrus from Feliz Guanio on Vimeo.