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Entries from May 2019

Same as it ever is

May 19th, 2019 · No Comments

“1849, November 10: Texas Judge Spruce M. Baird arrives in Santa Fe and declares Santa Fe part of Texas. The natives ignore him, so after a brief period he returns to Austin and argues that New Mexico is in rebellion.” – Leon Metz, El Paso Chronicles

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The destiny was not so manifest

May 18th, 2019 · No Comments

“1848, March 15: On paper, the Texas Legislature creates Santa Fe County. It includes the Big Bend, Texas Panhandle, West Texas, a third of Oklahoma, most of New Mexico, half of Colorado, and chunks of Wyoming and Kansas. Santa Fe is the county seat.” – Leon Metz, El Paso Chronicles

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That’ll larn ’em

May 17th, 2019 · No Comments

“1841, June 20: The Texas-Santa Fe Expedition leaves Austin for Santa Fe. Historians argue over whether it was a trading force or an armed invasion. Anyway, General Hugh McLeod commanded 300 Texans. Three Texas commissioners tagged along to carry out the political aims of the invading/trading caravan. However, the expedition lost its way and was […]

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Throwing the book at you

May 16th, 2019 · No Comments

“If you make the slightest move To do anything of any significance in this world The world will throw a codified book at you, Tailored exactly for you, consisting of documentation for Citations, writs, notices of violations, Late income tax notices, lien notices, Car tax notices, property tax notices, Military draft notices, phone bills, light […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

It’s sort of like this

May 15th, 2019 · No Comments

“A hypothetical analogy, based on American history, may help to shed light on the historicity of Exodus. Imagine a book based on the following outline: first, a section on the American Revolution, with some biographical material on a few of the Founding Fathers, focusing mostly on the outbreak of the war and the key battles; […]

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The keystone state

May 14th, 2019 · No Comments

“Trial, by Jury, of facts, where they arise, is one of the greatest securities of the lives, liberties, and estates of the people.” Delaware Const. (1776), Declaration of Rights, Art. 13.

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And a devilish sense of humor

May 13th, 2019 · No Comments

“Whatever else we may think of Her, God has a deft hand for the plot twist.” – Charles P. Pierce, “Trump’s New Lawyer Is Someone I Remember Well”

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The writer’s bicameral mind

May 12th, 2019 · No Comments

“To suggest that a creative writer, in a time of conflict, must split his life into two compartments, may seem defeatist or frivolous: yet in practice I do not see what else he can do. To lock yourself up in an ivory tower is impossible and undesirable. To yield subjectively, not merely to a party […]

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And then there you have it

May 11th, 2019 · No Comments

“Group loyalties are necessary, and yet they are poisonous to literature, so long as literature is the product of individuals. As soon as they are allowed to have any influence, even a negative one, on creative writing, the result is not only falsification, but often the actual drying-up of the inventive faculties.” – George Orwell, […]

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Or excising it for good

May 10th, 2019 · No Comments

“A modern literary intellectual lives and writes in constant dread—not, indeed, of public opinion in the wider sense, but of public opinion within his own group. As a rule, luckily, there is more than one group, but also at any given moment there is a dominant orthodoxy, to offend against which needs a thick skin […]

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A very practical matter

May 9th, 2019 · No Comments

“When you are on a sinking ship. your thoughts will be about sinking ships.” – George Orwell, “Writers and Leviathan”

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Just the facts, man

May 8th, 2019 · No Comments

“Whoever writes about his childhood must beware of exaggeration and self-pity.” – George Orwell, “Such, Such Were the Joys”

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Discipline and punish

May 7th, 2019 · No Comments

“There are families in which the father will say to his child, ‘You’ll get a thick ear if you do that again’, while the mother, her eyes brimming over with tears, will take the child in her arms and murmur lovingly, ‘Now, darling, is it kind to Mummy to do that?’ And who would maintain […]

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Life sux an’ then ya die

May 6th, 2019 · No Comments

“Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise. Ultimately it is the Christian attitude which is self-interested and hedonistic, since the aim is always to get away from the painful struggle of earthly life […]

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Mixes of motives

May 5th, 2019 · No Comments

“If you live for others, you must live for others, and not as a roundabout way of getting an advantage for yourself.” – George Orwell, “Lear, Tolstoy, and the Fool” (emphasis in original)

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Washed in the blood

May 4th, 2019 · No Comments

“The illusion of having been reborn may allow one’s native vices to flourish more freely than ever, though perhaps in subtler forms.” – George Orwell, “Lear, Tolstoy, and the Fool”

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Pretty much all of life

May 3rd, 2019 · No Comments

“It is doubtful whether the sense of tragedy is compatible with belief in God: at any rate, it is not compatible with disbelief in human dignity and with the kind of ‘moral demand’ which feels cheated when virtue fails to triumph. A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is […]

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The glass can shatter, though

May 2nd, 2019 · No Comments

“All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither […]

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And, why not

May 1st, 2019 · No Comments

“I do not think one can assess a writer’s motives without knowing something of his early development. His subject matter will be determined by the age he lives in—at least this is true in tumultuous, revolutionary ages like our own—but before he ever begins to write he will have acquired an emotional attitude from which […]

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