The Art of Tetman Callis

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Entries from August 2018

How do we know this

August 17th, 2018 · No Comments

“Marine insurance is the granddaddy of all insurance. It predates written history. The ancient Phoenicians and Egyptians developed the concept of insurance to reduce their risks in commerce on the Tigris, Euphrates and Nile. Waterborne commerce offered huge rewards. A ship owner could realize a 300-percent profit on a single voyage. The risks, however, were […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

Boys will be like this

August 16th, 2018 · No Comments

“Plastic bat and ball, you were with me when I learned life’s meanest lesson. That to be a girl and smaller is always worse. In the park, I’d play with whoever wanted. Andy and his family or anyone there on picnic. Under the pavilion where I learned to read bad words on the rafters, two […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Shaindel Beers

Pulling a national rabbit from an imperial hat

August 15th, 2018 · No Comments

“A remarkable aspect of the Revolution is that for almost seven years, the war was conducted by a government that, strictly speaking, had no governing powers. The wonder of this becomes all the sharper when one reflects that the war was both a struggle with Britain and an internal or civil war. No one has […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Coin of the realm

August 14th, 2018 · No Comments

“Look, the sun is a sort of bribe, you know, and so is a heavy thunderstorm or a snowfall. So is a dawn, though not I think a sunset. So is a warm bath or a shower, and a sound sleep. Bribes all, in the conspiracy of everything to continue to exist.” – Renata Adler, […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Renata Adler · Verandah

And still do

August 13th, 2018 · No Comments

“The ‘Tidewater’—the broad coastal plain along the Atlantic—had spawned one kind of culture. The ‘upcountry’ beyond—the great central plateau or Piedmont and the mountains forming its western border—had engendered a far different one. Tidewater North Carolina was rich. Upcountry was poor. Tidewater was a land of rice and indigo plantations worked by armies of slaves. […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

In the beginning

August 12th, 2018 · No Comments

“The world is everything that is the case. And in the second place because.” – Renata Adler, Pitch Dark

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Renata Adler · Verandah

The ghosts that haunt us still

August 11th, 2018 · No Comments

“Colonial policy had always been to exclude Negroes from militia service, but more often than not a need for soldiers had dictated a contrary practice. Many blacks had fought in the French and Indian War. As the dispute with Parliament neared breaking point, Negroes volunteered for the New England militia. All were accepted. . . […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution · The Forever War

The driver on the right has the right-of-way

August 10th, 2018 · No Comments

“Drivers of large cars drive extremely badly. So do old men; men wearing hats; men with thick necks and florid faces; hunters; drivers of cars with dented fenders, or with more than one generation in them, or with college stickers on their rearview windows, or with slogans on their bumpers, or with license plates of […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Renata Adler

And that’s what I know

August 9th, 2018 · No Comments

“All I know about method is that when I am not working I sometimes think I know something, but when I am working, it is quite clear that I know nothing.” – John Cage, “Lecture on Nothing”

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Tags: John Cage · Other Stuff

Same as it ever was

August 8th, 2018 · No Comments

“This is the age of crime. I’m sure we all grant that. It’s the age, of course, of other things as well. Of the great chance, for instance, and the loss of faith, of the bureaucrat, and of technology. But from the highest public matters to the smallest private acts, the mugger, the embezzler, the […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Renata Adler · The American Constitution

Right here, right now

August 7th, 2018 · No Comments

“Everybody has a song which is no song at all: it is a process of singing, and when you sing, you are where you are.” – John Cage, “Lecture on Nothing”

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Finding the value

August 6th, 2018 · No Comments

“What’s new? the biography of the opera star says she used to ask in every phone call, and What else? I’m not sure the biographer understood another thing about the opera star, but I do believe that What’s new. What else. They may be the first questions of the story, of the morning, of consciousness. […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Renata Adler

And it burns, burns, burns

August 5th, 2018 · No Comments

“Having too many rules leads to a culture of non-compliance that is every bit as lethal as having too few.” – “The tower and the anger,” The Economist, June 24, 2017

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

We always sacrifice a virgin

August 4th, 2018 · No Comments

“When I learned about the shrew, the poor unevolved, benighted shrew, which will keep jumping high in the air at a place in its accustomed path where an obstacle, a rock perhaps, once was but no longer is, well, I wondered about all those places where, though the obstacles have long been removed, one persists […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Renata Adler

And can be led in chants

August 3rd, 2018 · No Comments

“The mind of a living public is quickly alarmed and easily tormented. It not only suffers by the stroke, but is frequently fretted by the cure, and ought therefore to be tenderly dealt with, and never ought to be trifled with. It feels first and reasons afterwards.” – Thomas Paine, “The Affair of Silas Deane” […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · Thomas Paine

We can fix that

August 2nd, 2018 · No Comments

“There exists an order of social problem that appears to be insoluble, but is not. At least not in the terms in which resolution of it is represented as impossible. A problem of that sort has at least some of the following features: it appears immensely complicated, with a resolution of any part of it […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Renata Adler

We’ll always have Paris

August 1st, 2018 · No Comments

“There is nothing which sets the character of a nation in a higher or lower light with others, than the faithfully fulfilling, or perfidiously breaking, of treaties.” – Thomas Paine, “The American Crisis”

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution · Thomas Paine