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Entries from December 2012

Extraordinary

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

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Tags: The Ancients · Valmiki Ramayana

Never is a long time

December 31st, 2012 · 2 Comments

“There was so much to write.  He had seen the world change; not just the events; although he had seen many of them and had watched the people, but he had seen the subtler change and he could remember how the people were at different times.  He had been in it and he had watched […]

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Tags: Ernest Hemingway · Lit & Crit

Things

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

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Tags: Things · Vizarts

Put that in your gun and shoot it

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

“Until we have created a romance of peace that would equal that of war, violence will not disappear from people’s lives.” – Count Harry Kessler (quoted by Alex Ross in “Diary of an Aesthete”)

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

People

December 29th, 2012 · No Comments

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Tags: People · Vizarts

The fascination malingers

December 29th, 2012 · No Comments

“Junkies and alcoholics are interesting to watch for about five minutes, and then the tedium of their bottomless need, their self-aggrandizing defensiveness, sinks in, and you want to tun screaming for your life—because they’ll suck it out of you, given the chance.” – Hilton Als, “Down but Not Defeated”

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

People

December 28th, 2012 · No Comments

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Tags: People · Vizarts

Teaching to the choir

December 28th, 2012 · No Comments

“Editorial writers can seem the most insipid and helpless of the scribbling class: they sum up anonymously the ideas of their time, and truth and insipidity do a great deal of close dancing–the right thing to do is often hard but seldom surprising.  Good editorial writing has less to do with winning an argument, since […]

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Politics & Law

Things

December 27th, 2012 · No Comments

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Tags: Things · Vizarts

Wait till you see what’s for supper before you decide

December 27th, 2012 · No Comments

“The big question Camus asked was never the Anglo-American liberal one: How can we make the world a little bit better tomorrow?  It was the grander French one: Why not kill yourself tonight?” — Adam Gopnik, “Facing History”

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Lit & Crit

People

December 26th, 2012 · 4 Comments

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Tags: People · Vizarts

Gone boxing

December 26th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“Only the boring are bored.” – Tommy Lee Jones (quoted by Meg Grant in “Fighting for Love”)

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Tags: Verandah

Things

December 25th, 2012 · No Comments

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Tags: Things · Vizarts

Merry Christmas

December 25th, 2012 · No Comments

“They who tell the people revolutionary legends, they who amuse themselves with sensational stories, are as criminal as the geographer who would draw up false charts for navigators.” – Sean Bonney, Happiness (Poems after Rimbaud)

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Ancients

Places

December 24th, 2012 · No Comments

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Tags: Places · Vizarts

In the midst of the garden there are two trees

December 24th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“All things truly wicked start from an innocence.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

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Tags: Ernest Hemingway · Lit & Crit

Places

December 23rd, 2012 · 2 Comments

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Tags: Places · Vizarts

A species of leech

December 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

“When you have two people who love each other, are happy and gay and really good work is being done by one or both of them, people are drawn to them as surely as migrating birds are drawn at night to a powerful beacon.  If the two people were as solidly constructed as the beacon […]

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Tags: Economics · Ernest Hemingway · Lit & Crit

Places

December 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

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Tags: Places · Vizarts

The promise that you don’t have to keep

December 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Verandah

An appetite for it

December 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

“I learned to understand Cézanne much better and to see truly how he made landscapes when I was hungry.  I used to wonder if he were hungry too when he painted; but I thought possibly it was only that he had forgotten to eat.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

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Tags: Ernest Hemingway · Lit & Crit

Places

December 21st, 2012 · No Comments

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Tags: Places · Vizarts

Happy New Year, you sweet Druid, you

December 21st, 2012 · 4 Comments

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Tags: The Ancients · Verandah

Pardon me, but do you have the time?

December 20th, 2012 · No Comments

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Tags: The Ancients · Verandah

The Law of the Land

December 16th, 2012 · 2 Comments

There is these days much discussion in the United States regarding the Second Amendment to the Constitution.  The text of this amendment is short: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” There has been much […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · Verandah

Places

December 15th, 2012 · No Comments

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Arms and the man

December 15th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Yesterday’s tragedy at Newtown is not the first time our nation has faced the horror of a mass shooting.  It may not be the last.  It can’t help but make any thoughtful person consider the role of firearms in society. When considering what the Second Amendment meant or was intended to mean when it was […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Verandah

Things

December 14th, 2012 · No Comments

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The supply of the second is copious

December 14th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“You should only read what is truly good or what is frankly bad.” – Gertrude Stein (quoted by Ernest Hemingway in A Moveable Feast)

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Tags: Ernest Hemingway · Lit & Crit

Things

December 13th, 2012 · No Comments

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Tags: Things · Vizarts