HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

July 7 & 14, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Gluttony: Abuse of the liver, and of the visual environment.

Gnosticism: The American religion, according to Harold Bloom, who is something of a gnostic himself, though apparently not as much of one as Marshall Applewhite.

God: An intelligent entity who, when it looks into our minds, can't figure us out.

Gold digger: A woman who seeks a fair price for her wares.

Golden Age: A time when shepherds were more engaged with the weeping of clouds and the wilting of lilies than with the manure of sheep.

Good Samaritan: An entity many Americans wish to create by punitive laws, which shows how loopy the country has become about legal process.

Goodwill: The most precarious thing in the world.

Goofy: The nature of requirements for teachers as drafted by state departments of education.

Goo-Goo Land: A descriptive name for Antioch College.

Gouging: Primary business virtue.

Government: An activity conducted by people who are boring as hell ninety percent of the time and criminally insane the other ten percent.

Grace: Unbelievable patience God has for human screw-ups.


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