A Diller of a Time

She ought to know: she had six children (and outlived three of them). Born Phyllis Ada Driver (Diller was her first husband’s surname) Diller was the first female American stand-up comic to become a household name. She was best known for her eccentric stage persona, her self-deprecating humor, her wild hair and clothes, and her … See the Meme

Teach Them Well

Le Guin (1929–January 22, 2018) was an American novelist who worked mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. She also authored children’s books, short stories, poetry, and essays. The quote’s larger context: “If you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly. … See the Meme

Pride Goeth Before the Fall

His wife, who couldn’t make it that night, was insistent that he get a good photo of her first-born’s milestone. “Let me see!” See what I mean about the “fall”?

The Advantage You Never Had?

The quote is from Heinlein’s 1973 book Time Enough for Love, which has another gem that’s right up my alley: “Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.” Illustration: Heinlein’s portrait from the April-May 1953 issue of Amazing Stories (unknown artist).