September 07, 2017

Reminder: Blog Closing Sept. 10

Wafers and all fans of The Greatest Blog on Earth:

If you scroll back two posts, you'll see my schedule for the rest of 2017. This is just to remind you that I'm taking a much-needed holiday in Italy, and that the blog will be closed during Sept. 10-Oct. 4. Please don't post anything during that time. I realize that the psychological hardship involved is potentially severe, and that some of you might want to check into your local hospital and get yourselves hooked up to a Haldol IV drip. And of course there's always Prozac and Xanax. But you might also get yourself a few good books to pass the time, and then we can pick up where we left off on Oct. 5. I'll be sure to fill you in on my conference with the Pope.

As for the NY Wafer Summit Meeting, Oct. 29, we obviously still have time; but this is just a gentle reminder, that if you are an active blog participant and want to attend, just send a note to me at, and if you're eligible, I'll send you the venue. We'll be having lunch at 1 p.m., fueled by rivers of alcohol.

I continue working with the publisher on AWTY. Publishing is always a gigantic struggle, for some awful reason. I have a feeling I'm going to be doing some last-minute editing work from Internet cafes in Rome, but hopefully the damn thing will be online at Amazon sometime in Oct., Nov. at the latest. Please plan to buy hundreds of copies for Xmas gifts.

Just remember that Hillary is a Botox-filled douche baguette, and you'll never go wrong.

I love you all-



Blogger Bill Hicks said...

Looks like even Old Botox Face's biggest supporters are getting sick of her shit

“The best thing she could do is disappear,” said one former Clinton fundraiser and surrogate who played an active role at the convention. “She’s doing harm to all of us because of her own selfishness. Honestly, I wish she’d just shut the f--- up and go away.”

And on this one, the title says it all:

Video Shows Man Trashing Santa Ana 7-Eleven, Causing $2,000 in Damages After Being Denied Use of Phone

12:53 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I'm telling you: America is filled with horses' asses, but Hillary has to be Numero Uno. The combination of stupidity and narcissism is mind-boggling. I don't think there's enuf urine in the entire country to deal with her properly. As for the moron in Santa Ana: another true American!


1:08 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Occasionally, people ask me what I miss abt America. The answer is simple: the fundamental kindness of the place:


8:09 AM  
Blogger Sarasvati said...

Esca, thanks for your recent post about parasites. My friend, Connie, was a brilliant, loving, funny and compassionate healer with an electric smile and wide knowledge of healing methods. She had a terrible parasite infection, including pork worms. Everything she tried to get rid of them caused a Herxheimer reaction: Connie was in horrific pain, couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep, and lost 10 lbs. in one week when she was already way too thin. Too sadly, she couldn’t heal herself, assisted suicide is not legal in her state, so she shot herself two weeks ago. I miss her terribly.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


What a sad story. I'm so sorry.


9:13 AM  
Anonymous shenjingbing said...

Dr Berman,

Just hearing news of the terrible earthquake in Mexico. Hope you are keeping safe.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Franclintonstein said...

‘$5k reward for Clinton’s hair’: Pharma Bro threatens to ‘clone Hillary’


11:37 AM  
Anonymous Erroneous Bosch said...

Though I admire Dr. Berman and his work (I once footnoted him as the 'Jewish sage Morris Berman' on a university paper and got away with it), I've never felt the need to comment here as I am not an American, and thus feel I have no business commenting on American affairs. Maybe there should be a WWF (Why the West Failed), though that acronym seems to be taken. In any case, much of Dr. B.'s critique can be easily transposed to my particular country.

Recently, though, I got to visit the US for the first time in years, and I'd like to share some observations:

- On the Greyhound, the guy next to me told me - unprompted - that the US was basically toast and someone else enthusiastically chimed in. I was stunned.

- When I told a man that I thought that Americans were some of the most generous and welcoming people in the world, he laughed in my face.

- The homeless situation seems to be getting to the level of post-Ceaucescu Romania.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I am indeed a Jewish sage, tho I am also a Jewish parsley, rosemary, and thyme. Are you in Holland? I have a foto of me standing in front of the statue of Spinoza in Amsterdam: the 2 great Jewish thinkers of the last 400 years finally meet, face to face. You are meeting some great, and very rare, Americans, in any case.


4:53 PM  
Anonymous JS said...


5:29 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,


You do know that the real Hillary was 'eliminated' in 1993 and cloned, no? In fact, the entire Clinton family are clones. We are dealing w/anemic and soulless Clintonion replicas across the globe.


I found myself in a cold sweat this morning when I popped onto the blog and discovered the words: "Blog Closing Sept. 10". I began to shake, grimace, and wildly hallucinate. I then began exhibiting signs of echolalia (mimicking the speech patterns of Donald J. Trumpo), and quickly fell into a catatonic stupor. I was hospitalized and given ECT. I've since stabilized, and want to wish you a happy and wonderful autumn holiday in Italy. Be sure to bring a gift for yr meeting w/the Pope.

Miles the Schizophrenic


6:17 PM  
Anonymous Valerie said...

When were you last in Italy?
When were you first there?

Have a wonderful time!

7:02 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


1st there in 1969. Last in 2000 (Lucca and Siena). In between, I went abt 10 times.


Thanks for fabulous bon voyage card. Molto gentile da parte tua!


8:26 PM  
Blogger Esca Dreg said...

Truly exceptional people. They can stop a hurricane by mooning at it or by yelling profanities or maybe just by singing aloud the "Blood-Spangled Banner" when the wet shit hits the fan (or is it the fan hits the shit?).

"It's time we took a stand against this bully!" reads the event description.​ ​​More than 43,000 'murikns have signed up to shoot at Hurricane Irma.​
​"A combination of stress and boredom made me start the event," explains Ryon Edwards. "Isn't this just going to make the weather madder?" aks one.​ ​

This is where we have arrived after 300 years of Enlightenment. The 'Age of Reason' is finally upon us. ​

(Beautiful music, Miles. Thanks!!)

9:44 PM  
Blogger Gigalax said...

A short-sighted argument that I often see from libertarians is that the American economy is not really free-market because corporations own the government. Of course, what they miss is that deregulation is the main reason why corporations were able to become big enough to buy out the government in the first place.

To conclude, have a good time in Italy Dr. Berman!

10:54 PM  
Blogger Nesim Watani said...

Libertarians believe that Government through regulations make corporations corrupt. As if Corporations are innocent doves that are turned shitty by the evil inept government. What they do not understand is business is naturally going to make government shield it. What Rich man is not going to make sure he has a safety net? As people insure their property Business is going to make sure that their interests are secured. Libertarians are fucking idiots. Turkeys to the Highest degree.

4:05 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Spectacular article (but no great news to us):


6:37 AM  
Anonymous Ellen said...

lethal autonomous weapons: a panacea to end all wars, or a race to the bottom of a bottomless pit?

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Homer Simpson said...

practice ancient Greek Philoxenia love toward strangers, hospitality to Dreamers DACA

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Lobotomized Imperial Subject said...

Dr Berman,

Thanks for your reply. Yes, I did know about your other books in the two trilogies. I have the WAFer trilogy on Kindle (most ironically appropriate) and the Reenchantment trilogy in hard copy on my shelves. Looking forward to Wandering God.

Felice vacanza e godere del cibo. After all what is a visit to Italy without the food?

My favorite Italian thing (aside from my Perugian husband, not that I mistake him for a thing but I couldn't think of the appropriate class/object terminology that includes husbands and water features) is the Trevi Fountains in Rome. The mythology of wishes through coins tossed over the shoulder into said fountains when I last visited them:
1 coin = a return to Rome / Italy
2 coins = an Italian lover / husband / wife
3 coins = return to Rome / Italy to stay / forever


8:54 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


For a novel w/an Italian flavor, try "The Man Without Qualities."


9:53 AM  
Anonymous Somini said...

What. A. Surprise.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Kanye Cyrus said...

Hello Wafers,

I just came back to Paris after spending 4 weeks in NYC training as a bartender. I haven't posted much while there, but I was busy fixing drinks and teaching French to New Yorkettes. It was my first time there and here are my impressions:

a. I am amazed how easy it is to talk to strangers in NY. In Paris or London, you'd almost never make conversation with random people in the street or in bars. I found this to be common place in NY.
b. Overall, and even if I met a fair amount of douchebags, I found New Yorkers to be friendly, curious and intelligent. A few people I met were definite Wafers.
c. The vibe comes very close to a European city in some areas with people reading in cafés, drinking in bars etc...
d. The NY metro is horrendous. I thought the London tube was the worst in the world, but boy was I wrong!

My wallet is almost empty after 4 weeks there and it is a crazy expensive city, but overall I had a great time and I could definitely see myself spending a couple of years there in the future.

Enjoy the Chianti and Prosciutto MB!


11:58 AM  
Blogger Bill Hicks said...

Here's a little hurricane humor for you, courtesy of that bloated anal wart, Rush Limbaugh:

Limbaugh to evacuate after calling Irma climate change ploy

Nesim: You are indeed correct about Libertarians, especially the ones who take their marching orders from scumbags like the Koch brothers. I do have some grudging respect for that small segment of their ranks represented by who staunchly oppose American interventionism and militarism, even as I deplore their positions on what constitutes the common good here at home. I liken those Libertarians to Bernie Sanders and his supporters, who at least have a few noble ideas even if on the whole they are too wrapped up in the system to see that the system itself is corrupt and rotten to the core.

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Melissa Beck said...

remembering John Ashbery

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Caesar said...

Florida gun owners encouraged to 'shoot the storm' and fire their guns at Hurricane Irma

May that leviathan of a storm swallow them all

2:51 PM  
Anonymous James Allen said...


When you're meeting with the Holy Father, might I ask that you ask him about Fr. Guido Sarducci, who was the longtime correspondent for L'Osservatore Romano?

I for one miss Fr. Sarducci's insightful commentary and would think that Pope Francis would not take such a question amiss. We could use a Vatican perspective on world affairs, now more than ever.

In any case, Viaggi sicuri e pasta molto.

Ciao, Maurizio.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Sorrowful said...

Cough, cough, Ft-t-t-t-t-t-t! Just emerging from the DOA archives for a last comment before the blog closes. I'm on a news fast and so have been perusing this blog's archives as alternative entertainment, which I heartily recommend to all WAFers who may be feeling shaky while the blog is closed.

MB: My first hit of WAFerdom was while reading one of Philip Slater's books for graduate school in psychology. I tried to find it on Amazon, but failed, and my library is packed up so I can't reach out and touch it, and my brain is old so I can't remember the exact title but it had to do with construction of the self and construction of civilization. Perhaps you will know the book I'm speaking of. It was an excellent book that fired me up for the rest of my master's slog through flatland psychology.

I am leaving for Australia in October with the intent of immigrating there at some point. It's really no better than the U.S. as far as politics are concerned and there are a LOT of turkeys living there too -- misogyny, racism -- but there is still a wonderful emphasis on family and friends in the rural areas, which is where my daughter lives. People are also very kind. I lost my purse on the bus one time and after I retrieved it at the transit center, a bus driver drove me all the way home in her car so I wouldn't have to take the bus home.

Mostly, I am intoxicated by the energy of the land itself, which has swallowed my spirit whole. I'll be walking down the southeast coast and hope to have more to share in the coming months. MB, please enjoy your time in Italy and I hope you won't have to do too much editing during that time.

O&D, WAFers!

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Turkey-Buster said...

Well I hope reading Homer and the Bicameral Mind will be all that'll keep me from going crazy! A favor, por favor: do ya mind if I post your comments on Spiritual Squalor as a guest post on my own little blog? Of course I'll credit you.

Many thanks!

See ya on the 5th.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Alogon said...

Gulag pipeline dept:

School lunch employee calls the cops on a 13-year-old girl who handed her a $2 bill. The currency looks suspicious to the cops, too, and they threaten to charge her with a felony for using counterfeit money-- as they have done with other children in this school system. The procedure is a specialty of theirs. Everything is bigger in Texas, you know, except criminal defendants.

Finally a bank employee finds the $2 bill to be genuine. Disappointed cops return the girl to school with no apology given.

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Mercury said...

‘Don’t shoot at Hurricane Irma’: Cops forced to issue warning after idea goes viral

As Floridians brace for the impending onslaught from Hurricane Irma, some residents have come up with novel ways of “scaring off” the monster storm, forcing police to issue a warning not to shoot at the hurricane.

It all started with the Facebook Event ‘Shoot at Hurricane Irma’, scheduled for 10am local time on Sunday. “Let’s show Irma that we shoot first,” the event’s description reads.

The prospect of firing rounds at the threatening storm seemed to strike a chord with many, and the event quickly garnered thousands of “attendees.”

At the time of writing, over 25,000 people have said they will “attend,” while another 53,000 have marked themselves down as “interested.”

Buffoonery, in all its glory.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Thank you all for last-minute posts. I fly to Italy very early tomorrow morning. Remember not to post again until Oct. 5.

Amore e pizza,


12:49 PM  

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