On board the Titanic, a lookout scans the horizon for metaphors

Meanwhile, far below, the musicians tune up for the last dance, which (for the convenience of the men of first class who will shortly be boarding the lifeboats) is to be held en travesti. Letter to the editor, New York Times 4 August 2016:

It is time for responsible Republicans to abandon the sinking ship into which Donald Trump is poking holes and set about fine-tuning their primary system to prevent this travesty from happening again.



“Control of our culture must be wrested from those who poisoned it, so as to resurrect the banners of honor and re-impose the taboos of shame that once served as the guardrails of common decency.”

— Letter to the editor of the “Honolulu Star-Advertiser,” December 28, 2012