I am nobly trying to focus on cleaning house, but I find myself sitting in front of this computer, at varying levels of interaction, far too much. Much of my time has been spent, as it has been for many of you, watching and reading about Hitchens. So, I am now attempting to listen to him as I clean by creating a little mobile network involving me, my iPhone and headphones. That this is an accomplishment reveals, I realize, that I am more like the Neanderthal than I am most times aware.
But here I go headphones on. I’m trying the big ones now, since they appear to be coming back in vogue, and I believe I heard for sound quality reasons. I am not tech-savvy enough to read the Consumer Reports piece, or even find it, on the review of Best Head Phones for Being about the House, house-cleaning, for instance. And I’m not energy-savvy enough to get off my bottom and go to Best Buy and ask one of its employees. No, I’m a lazy ass – except I think I gave that up yesterday in a burning bowl ceremony. Huh. Well, if I gave it up, what’s it doing there in my thinking? Oh, I remember. I have to practice to develop an habitual way of thinking that is different from my current – I mean, past – one.
Anyway, as I walk off to clean cum headsets, I thought I’d share with you what I’m listening to: FORA.tv’s tribute to Christopher Hitchens
And a short written excerpt from
- The Commonwealth Club
- Palo Alto, California
- July 9, 2009
INTERVIEWER: We have a number of questions, curiously enough, about your favorite things. One wants to know “things you can’t live without when traveling” and one person, one well-informed audience member, of course, wants to know what your favorite whiskey is.
HITCHENS: Well, I don’t see what the difference between the two questions.
I love to see him smile.