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The desire of Khan

April 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

“Mexico is my mother; the United States the best friend I will ever have. And so I dream of the day when my mother will say, ‘Ricardo, you have chosen a wonderful friend.’ And the day when the friend will say, ‘Ricardo, you have a sensational mother.’ That is why it is very important to […]

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Tags: Verandah

Ask not what the one hand does

April 19th, 2017 · No Comments

“The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.” – George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), Middlemarch

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

Priorities

April 12th, 2017 · No Comments

“What about the main thing in life, all its riddles? If you want, I’ll spell it our for you right now. Do not pursue what is illusory—property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade, and is confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over […]

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Tags: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn · Lit & Crit · Verandah

Some weather we’ve been having

April 9th, 2017 · No Comments

“The first prerequisite to civilization is an ability to make polite conversation.” – W. H. Auden (interviewed by Michael Newman in The Paris Review)

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah · W. H. Auden

Traveling light

April 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

“Own nothing! Possess nothing! Buddha and Christ taught us this, and the Stoics and the Cynics. Greedy though we are, why can’t we seem to grasp that simple teaching? Can’t we understand that with property we destroy our soul? . . . Own only what you can carry with you: know languages, know countries, know […]

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Tags: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn · Economics · Lit & Crit · Verandah

Fries up crispy

March 20th, 2017 · No Comments

“Pride grows in the human heart like lard on a pig.” – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago (trans. Whitney)

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Tags: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn · Lit & Crit · Verandah

An unintended side-effect

March 7th, 2017 · No Comments

“There is no getting around the fact that cops and sergeants spoil your fun.” – T. E. Fehrenbach, This Kind of War

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Tags: The Korean War · Verandah

Mr. Fix-It

February 12th, 2017 · No Comments

“Gender roles are often a predominant factor during fire and explosion incidents. Research indicates, for example, that women are more likely to report a fire or explosion immediately, while their male counterparts may delay reporting the incident, opting rather to engage in suppression or other mitigation efforts.” – “Roles and Norms,” Sec. 10.3.2.4.2, NFPA 921 […]

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Tags: Verandah

From here to eternity

February 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

“People say that life is short, but it isn’t short, it’s very long. When you make a mistake, you have to live with it for the rest of your life.” – Frank Abagnale (author of Catch Me If You Can)

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Verandah

Easy-peasey

January 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

“To be a hero, you only had to be brave for a moment … But to be a coward was to embark on a career that lasted a lifetime … Being a coward required pertinacity, persistence, a refusal to change – which made it, in a way, a kind of courage.” – Julian Barnes, The […]

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The place to be

January 17th, 2017 · No Comments

“The artist believes in the future because he lives in the future.” – Modest Mussorgsky (quoted by David Dubal in The Essential Canon of Classical Music)

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

Look behind you

January 16th, 2017 · No Comments

“I’m always more intrigued with the story no one is telling than the story everyone is telling.” – Liz Ann Sonders, Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Strategist, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Verandah

Circling the wagon, hoisting the petard

January 9th, 2017 · No Comments

“It is an undeniable privilege of every man to prove himself right in the thesis that the world is his enemy; for if he reiterates it frequently enough and makes it the background of his conduct he is bound eventually to be right.” – George F. Kennan, “The Sources of Soviet Conduct”

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Tags: Politics & Law · Verandah

We can all have one of these

December 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

“ ‘Little Boy,’ ‘an elongated trash can with fins’ . . . exploded 1,900 feet above Hiroshima’s Shima Hospital, 550 feet from its aiming point. . . . The 8,900-pound device created temperatures at ground level which reached 5,400 degrees and generated the explosive power of 12,500 tons of TNT. All but 6,000 of the […]

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Tags: Max Hastings · The Second World War · Verandah

On top of it

November 1st, 2016 · No Comments

“If you’re a super well-developed, gorgeous rich guy who is being watched by all the girls, then you might be less pissed at the world.” – Adil El Arbi (Director, Black)

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Tags: Economics · Verandah

We might give this a try

October 25th, 2016 · No Comments

“There is no defense or security for any of us except in the highest intelligence and development of all.” – Booker T. Washington, “1895 Atlanta Exposition Address”

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Verandah

Still working on it

October 24th, 2016 · No Comments

“We shall prosper in proportion as we learn to dignify and glorify common labour, and put brains and skill into the common occupations of life; shall prosper in proportion as we learn to draw the line between the superficial and the substantial, the ornamental gewgaws of life and the useful.” – Booker T. Washington, “1895 […]

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Tags: Economics · Verandah

How to spend ’em if you got ’em

October 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

“This, then, is held to be the duty of the man of wealth: To set an example of modest, unostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependent upon him; and, after doing so, to consider all surplus revenues which come to him simply as trust funds, which […]

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Tags: Economics · Verandah

Listen closely to the distant whisper

October 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

“More often than not, the still, small voice of our genius requires many decades to get our attention.” – George Scialabba, “Self-Reliance: A Syllabus”

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Tags: George Scialabba · Verandah

My bag, my bundle, my bone

October 21st, 2016 · No Comments

“Only very wise people know how much they can do without before wasting many years doing with.” – George Scialabba, “Self-Reliance: A Syllabus”

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Tags: Economics · George Scialabba · Lit & Crit · Verandah

The green flash

October 13th, 2016 · No Comments

“In the process of decline a civilization may, from time to time, rally for a while; but it is the overall trajectory, the structural properties of the situation, that ultimately determine the outcome.” – Morris Berman, Dark Ages America

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Tags: Verandah

Word up

October 11th, 2016 · No Comments

“Avoid swimming in places where you may resemble part of the food chain.” – The Navy SEAL Physical Fitness Guide

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Verandah

But they’re such nice people

October 10th, 2016 · No Comments

“If you think you’re enlightened, go spend a weekend with your parents.” – Bob Walker (quoted by Jean Stein in West of Eden)

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Tags: Verandah

Equation

October 8th, 2016 · No Comments

“In proportion as the body grows fat, so does the soul wither away.” – Abba Daniel of Skettis

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Tags: Economics · Other Stuff · Verandah

What’s that buzzing sound?

August 12th, 2016 · No Comments

“I’d listen to my conscience if I were sure it was really mine.” – James Richardson, “Vectors 4.2: Everyone Else”

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Tags: Verandah

Give it a try

July 30th, 2016 · No Comments

“However far you extend a horizontal, it will not turn vertical.” – Timothy Williamson

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Tags: Verandah

The man who fell to art

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

“The most interesting thing for an artist is to pick through the debris of a culture, to look at what’s been forgotten or not really taken seriously. Once something is categorized and accepted, it becomes part of the tyranny of the mainstream, and it loses its potency.” – David Bowie (interviewed by Michael Kimmelman in […]

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Tags: Verandah · Vizarts

Transcendence must transcend

June 25th, 2016 · No Comments

“God’s Word is no longer grace, and grace itself is no longer grace, if we ascribe to man a predisposition towards this Word, a possibility of knowledge regarding it, that is intrinsically and independently native to him.” – Karl Barth, The Church Dogmatics

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Tags: The Ancients · Verandah

I’d rather not think about it

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

“Religion’s essence is neither thinking nor acting, but intuition and feeling.” – Friedrich Schleiermacher, On Religion

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Tags: Politics & Law · Verandah

Better that than the devil’s playground

May 27th, 2016 · No Comments

“Work really is the answer to so many problems, and it’s a form of play, too, that you take very seriously and keep trying to expand.” – Diane Keaton (interviewed by Meg Grant in “Diane Keaton Can’t Stop”)

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Tags: Economics · Verandah