This just in

Longtime activist and Brown Beret co-founder Carlos Montes, whose home was raided by an L.A. County Sheriffs' SWAT team last May, and whose case I wrote about at some length in the March issue of Los Angeles magazine, just agreed to a plea deal. Two of the six felony charges he had been facing had already been dropped and, according to an email I received from Montes, the District Attorney agreed today to drop the remaining charges in exchange for a plea of no contest to one count of perjury, for which he will be sentenced to three years of probation and community service. No jail time. Kinda makes you wonder just what they thought were doing with all their laws and lethal toys, dudn't it? Also: as I understand it, Venus is currently inside the sun. Be careful out there.


Take that!

“If quotations, in their fragmenting force, destroy in advance the texts from which they are not only severed but which they exalt till these texts become nothing but severance, then the fragment without a text, or any context, is radically unquotable.”

—Maurice Blanchot, The Writing of the Disaster 


Rest easy


It is Sunday, and the long-sought link between Nabokov and Snoop Dogg has been found:

“The sun made its usual round of the house as the afternoon ripened into evening. I had a drink. And another. And yet another. Gin and pineapple juice, my favorite mixture, always double my energy.”

—HH, Lolita, 2nd Vintage edition, 1997. Page 72


“Well, well, well, well, well; of all colics, save me from the melloncolics; green melons is the greenest thing!”

—Herman Melville, Pierre


happy memorial day bbq weekend