Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Retiring Wizard of Oz

The Wizard has announced, from OCON, that he is retiring from the Land of Oz. It is reported that there will be "no more books, lectures, courses, or long treatises from him," though he "will continue to issue podcast episodes as he indicated that this work is a great enjoyment to him..." A transcript of the upcoming podcasts from questions asked at the convention have been made available:

  • [When asked by the Scarecrow about the reversal on voting for Democrats over Republicans:] "Why, anybody can have a brain. That's a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain! [to Scarecrow] Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Universitatus Committeeatum e pluribus unum, I hereby confer upon you the honorary degree of Th.D."

  • [When asked by the Lion about the fate of the DIM hypothesis book:] As for you, my fine friend, you're a victim of disorganized thinking. You are under the unfortunate delusion that simply because you run away from danger, you have no courage. You're confusing courage with wisdom.

  • [to Tin Man, who asked about his hard-line on foreign policy:] As for you, my galvanized friend, you want a heart! You don't know how lucky you are not to have one. Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.

  • [To Dorothy, who just wanted to go back to Kansas:] "I can't come back! I don't know how it works! [waving to the crowd] Good-bye, folks!"

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