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I may be a bit slow, OK, I'm a card carrying moron, but I just came across the Charles Bukowski quote "If you want to know where god is, ask a drunk." Is it common knowledge that this was professor Beardsley's inspiration for this place, is it just coincidence?

scottai (scottai), Thursday, 7 November 2002 11:03 (twenty-one years ago) link

"That brightness which is borne in upon the eyes of all men both in heaven and
on earth is more than enough to withdraw all support from men's ingratitude --
just as God, to involve the human race in the same guilt, sets forth to all
without exception his presence portrayed in his creatures. Despite this, it
is needful that another and better help be added to direct us aright to the
very Creator of the universe. It was not in vain, then, that he added the
light of his Word by which to become KNOWN UNTO SALVATION; and he regarded as
worthy of this privilege those whom he pleased to gather more closely and
intimately to himself. For because he saw the minds of all men tossed and
agitated, after he chose the Jews as his very own flock, he fenced them about
that they might not sink into oblivion as others had. With good reason he
holds us by the same means in the pure knowledge of himself, since otherwise
event those who seem to stand firm before all others would soon melt away.
Just as old or bleary-eyed men and those with weak vision, if you thrust
before them a most beautiful volume, even if they recognize it to be some sort
of writing, yet can scarcely construe two words, but with the aid of
spectacles will begin to read distinctly; so Scripture, gathering up the
otherwise confused knowledge of God in our minds, having dispersed our
dullness, clearly shows us the true God. This, therefore, is a special gift,
where God, to instruct the church, not merely uses mute teachers but also
opens his own most hallowed lips. Not only does he teach the elect to look
upon a god, but also shows himself as the God upon whom they are to look."

Jarlr'mai (jarlrmai), Thursday, 7 November 2002 11:18 (twenty-one years ago) link

that's the trouble with the visible elect, always showing up with extra people, making the waiters scramble. let god stand (or get his own table). and by the way, i tried reading with spectacles once. what a joke!! how can you concentrate with the crowd pressing in to get a view??

hurley (hurley), Thursday, 7 November 2002 15:08 (twenty-one years ago) link

That's the trouble with poetic license...... it's issued free, and it can't be revoked or endorsed.

Pete Andrews, Thursday, 7 November 2002 16:10 (twenty-one years ago) link

You can however make a fortune by issuing them to gullible fools at local reading circles.

Matt (Matt), Saturday, 9 November 2002 02:58 (twenty-one years ago) link

Re - Reading with spectacles. Have you tried a manacle?

maryann, Sunday, 10 November 2002 00:30 (twenty-one years ago) link

That seems a trifle extreme.

Matt (Matt), Sunday, 10 November 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Plain ol' handcuffs work for me.

Zen Clown (Zen Clown), Sunday, 10 November 2002 02:49 (twenty-one years ago) link

As usual on this damned perplexingly schizophrenic board, my rather honest question didn't get close to being answered. That is, "What do you think was Mr. Beardsley's original inspiration for the name of this board?" The Bukowski quote? Maybe he thought he could lure in sobers who secretly yearned for the enlightenment of the drunk, all the while subtly pushing the new "safe" alcohol alternative Blissium, in order to boost his secretly owned Blissium manufacturing plant's sales? Was it just a misspelling of "Gas in trunk", "Ask a Monk", "Pass the Funk", "Grab my Junk", or "Johnny's hairy belches"?
OH, Where for art thou sir Beardsley?

scottai (scottai), Thursday, 14 November 2002 01:36 (twenty-one years ago) link

I think he just set it up whilst pissed and then forgot he ever did it . . .

Lynskey (Lynskey), Thursday, 14 November 2002 03:07 (twenty-one years ago) link

eight years pass...

it was this fucker's bday yesterday btw

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:42 (twelve years ago) link

((bring it, u fucks))

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:43 (twelve years ago) link

sounds much worse just saying "love is the marine layer"

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:44 (twelve years ago) link

"If you want to know where god is, ask a drunk."

A perusal of Bukowski's original mss shows that the line in question went through a number of revisions before he settled on the final reading. Sifting down through at least half a dozen layers of scribbles and cross-outs reveals that the first version read:

"I fell off my stool. God was down there, too. Fuck me, I'm drunk."

Aimless, Thursday, 18 August 2011 00:24 (twelve years ago) link

I've seen that! <3

steens furiously (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Thursday, 18 August 2011 00:42 (twelve years ago) link

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