Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Questions epistemological and existential

Taped to the bottom of my laptop screen are two fortune-cookie fortunes.

The one on the right is the more recent; it's been there for about six months, and reads, "Be assertive when decisive action is needed."

The one on the left has been there for at least two years. It reads, "What's the fucking point in any case?"*

I often sit here, wondering how one knows: when is decisive action needed? What is the fucking point?

When I know, you'll know.


*At the Broadway revival of Glengarry Glen Ross one of the souveniers was a Chinese take-out box with fortune cookies containing lines from the play.


life_of_a_fool said...

That is awesome. And I have often wondered just this thing. I'm anxiously awaiting your wisdom.

Anonymous said...

The weirdest fortune cookie fortune I've ever gotten (so far) is "God has given you one face, and you paint yourselves another." Sometimes I think there should be a whole line of fortune cookies containing vaguely inappropriate lines from _Hamlet_.

Flavia said...

The best fortune I've ever received (which I kept in my wallet for years, but have since lost) ran thus:

"To be a man means constant revision, like correcting a writing."