our yearly shot

for people right,
for people wrong,
for people all around,
there will be 2011,
and our theory of it too.

The fact remains that getting people right is not what living is all about anyway.

It’s getting them wrong that is living, getting them wrong and wrong and wrong and then, on careful reconsideration, getting them wrong again.

That’s how we know we’re alive: we’re wrong.

Maybe the best thing would be to forget being right or wrong about people and just go along for the ride.

But if you can do that, well, lucky you.

That’s our American Pastoral, as Phillip Roth put it.