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George Carlin (2) vs. John Waters (1); Updike advances

The bard of the suburbs wins yesterday‘s bout with another fine turn of phrase, this time brought to us in comments by Ethan:

“Drinking a toast to the visible world, his impending disappearance from it be damned.”

Updike, from “My Father’s Tears.” I want to hear from someone who can write like that about things like that.

And today’s match pits a pioneering comic against one of the great storytellers of our time. Either could be a strong contender for the championship. Carlin might have more to say about statistics—I googled *John Waters statistics* and just found this—but this doesn’t need to be a technical seminar.

P.S. As always, here’s the background, and here are the rules.


  1. Z says:

    Andrew and Carlin could debate whether it’s rational to vote. George Carlin makes some arguments that it’s not (, while we all know that Andrew thinks it is (

  2. numeric says:

    Marry me. Enough said.

  3. zbicyclist says:

    As this contest is a pleasant diversion from things we should be doing, I offer up this quote for my vote:

    Some people see things that are and ask, Why?
    Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not?
    Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that.
    George Carlin

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