When everything sucks, some know-it-all says it could be worse. And when all is good, some wiseacre says it could be better. I say…sorry, I lost my train of thought. – El Gorto, Commencement Speech, Kenyon College, 2020
In spite of her kleptomania, Goldilocks knew what was just right. — El Gorto, Finding Balance
El Gorto walks through the garden of life with his fly open. What more needs to be said?
Kirkus Review, 1963.
Dear El Gorto,
I am a graduating philosophy student at Cornell College in Iowa and am a huge fan of yours. Your book, Finding Balance, really helped me with both my yoga poses and when things were not going so well with my boyfriend.
I am finishing my Honors Thesis on Nietzsche’s The Gay Science. My question to you, El Gorto, is simply, how do you apply Nietzsche’s philosophy in your day-to-day life?
Mount Vernon, Iowa
It’s hard to be sure of anything, but I do know Mount Vernon is in Virginia, and Cornell is in Ithaca, New York. So don’t try to fool me.
As far as applying Nietzsche to my everyday life, simple: That which doesn’t kill El Gorto, makes El Gorto stronger.
Years of swimming have taught me one life lesson, be slippery. – El Gorto
A Social Engagement Specialist gave me the ball and told me to run with it. I don’t understand that business jargon, but I did run. Well, I sort of jogged. Did I mention sciatica? Back at the couch, I sat. Then I pondered, and nearly made an inquiry: Are any disengagement specialists opportunities available, how much do they make, what are the hours and do they wear helmets? – El Gorto
Vegas is for gamblers, but when the oddsmakers stay home, I get nervous. – El Gorto, The Pandemic Diaries
Without substance, you’re nothing. – El Gorto, Grin and Weep
When your songs become elevator music, then we can talk about stardom. Otherwise, who gives a damn? — El Gorto
Don’t let your mind make promises your body has no intention of keeping. — El Gorto