Last year, she says, her twenty-year-old son was pulled over in Athens, Georgia, for having a bumpersticker
It's small surprise, then, to open this addictive mosaic of fifty-two flash critifictions, most just a few pages in length, several comprised from a series of even shorter pieces, and discover Shields announce in the third sentence of the prologue: "I'm reading my life as if it were an allegory, an allegory about remoteness, and finding evidence wherever I can." He finds evidence in a taping of Oprah Winfrey's show in Seattle and the distance between humdrum existence and celebrity; his need to organize the information - electronic and tactile - of his life; an entire essay built from nothing but bumpersticker
, license plate, and T-shirt slogans; a report of his chance semi-encounter with O.
Rene DeBois' philosophy of "Think globally; Act locally," a popular bumpersticker
, says it all.
Rather, the goal is to define an issue in a way that advances the debate beyond the bumpersticker
slogans, forces the other side to examine its own contradictions, and gives you a chance to gain support from groups that are not your natural allies.
"Vote WFP and Make Your Vote Really Count," as our bumpers ticker would say if we had a bumpersticker
None of this bumpersticker
analysis moves us forward.
Of all people, believers should know that, to bumpersticker
it, Death Happens.
Emerge for faith's ready with cameras to shoot commodities of comfort as long as love is valued before forgetfulness is accepted as an ocean that holds its own as well as a bumpersticker
which keeps togetherness content enough to sleep beneath the clouds that cover the stars like reporters.
An official bumpersticker
today might read, "Choose to believe what you wish, but we will only recognize as legitimate Americans those who believe in theological unknowns." Contrast this to John Adams, who said in "A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America" (1788): The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature....
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There are profound differences in form, content, and level of generality among the rejection of certain ways of life and the defense of philosophical contemplation in book 9 of Plato's Republic and the tenth book of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, on the one hand, and bumpersticker
opposition to abortion.
If the transparent language and cutting wit of these post-Slinger poems makes them epigrams (as many have argued), they're less lapidary and more like laminations: more appropriate for a bumpersticker
than a stone.