‘Such impossible questions go a long way toward explaining ...’
: James Carroll
is back to asking questions. Lots of questions. Twenty-two of them before he takes a breather and issues these lines: “Such impossible questions go a long way toward explaining the American mood. We cannot answer them, so we do not ask them, and the emotional weather is lousy.” ... A metaphor for impossible questions? ...
... Believe it or not, James didn’t outdo himself on this one. The column he wrote in April
had far more questions -- garnering blogwide notoriety
and raising questions about possible punctuation shortages in Boston.
P.S. -- I love the way that last metaphorical clause -- “and the emotional weather is lousy” -- just plunks its way into the thought process. ... Sort of like: “We cannot answer them, so we do not ask them, and my pepperoni pizza is late.” ...