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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.

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.