Pride vis-à-vis Envy
(Originally titled "Resentment and Contentment")

I.
SALUTATION
(by Ezra Pound)

O generation of the thoroughly smug
     and thoroughly uncomfortable,
I have seen fishermen picnicking in the sun.
I have seen them with untidy families.
I have seen their smiles full of teeth
     and heard ungainly laughter.
And I am happier than you are.
And they were happier than I am;
And the fish swim in the lake
     and do not even own clothing.

II.

Listening to Celine Dion's "Immortality," I can only fantasize how, if only I could sing like her.

Reading Marie Curie's biography, I wish I had been the one who made the breakthrough research on radioactivity.

Remembering Anaïs Nin, I get impatient as to finally finding my Henry Miller.

Paris and Nicky Hilton's money: I want.

As much as I want Thalia's body.

The list goes on.


III.
I went on my way, in the midst of the world's transformations, being transformed myself. Every now and then, among the many forms of living beings, I encountered one who "was somebody" more than I was....They all had something, I know, that made them somehow superior to me, sublime, something that made me, compared to them, mediocre. And yet I wouldn't have traded places with any of them.

--Italo Calvino, Cosmicomics


IV.

Yet I wouldn't trade places with any of them.

Most checked out

A stranger who’s a friend

Peak of perfection

Retrograde

Sun-shower

I'm a friend of Matthew's

Weekend (sort of) double bill

Electric shock

Travel advisory

Painlessly instructed: Notes on ‘The Consolations of Philosophy’

Delighted to meet her