Thursday, May 06, 2021

He did pretty well here …

… Paul Davis On Crime: Poe In Philadelphia: My Philadelphia Weekly 'Crime Beat' Column On Edgar Allan Poe's Creative Peak In Philly.

Reading during quarantine …

… Bleak Expectations (2021 ed.): Sheltering and fretting at home with Holmes and Watson.

Alex, we hardly knew ye …

 Bleak Expectations (2021 ed.): Alexander the Great: Journey to the end of the earth.

Hear, hear …

 … In defense of dandelions - The Spectator. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
Wordsworth may have been banging on about daffodils, but there is no objective reason why a dandelion, which supports far more wildlife than a daffodil, should be considered lesser. 

Fascinating …

… 78rpm Records Digitized by George Blood, L.P. : Free Audio : Free Download, Borrow and Streaming : Internet Archive. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

The rise of photography …

Obscura No More: How photography rose from the margins of the art world to occupy its vital center(Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

From the medium’s beginnings, starting in 1839, photographers sought to have their work recognized as art. Indeed, the modern history of photography has been written as a kind of pilgrim’s tale, a major plotline of which is a progressive discovery of the medium’s unique artistic nature following a series of unsatisfying imitative encounters with the arts of painting and drawing.

A week of photos …

… Top Shots: Compelling Photos From Around Our Region. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Something to think on …

 Our spaceship is a tiny bubble in a glass of God.

— Harry Martinson, born on this date in  1904

Remembering …

… Donald Junkins, writer & poet. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Donald Junkins died on April 15. He was 89.

Word of the Day …

… Redoubtable | Word Genius.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Dickens as poet …

Bleak Expectations (2021 ed.): The Song of the Wreck by Charles Dickens.

Sounds promising …

… 'Deplorable' professor creates 'anti-indoctrination mill' with new education startup | Just The News. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

American Scholars will "challenge the ideologies that are being purveyed" in mainstream schools, including critical race theory, postmodernism and socialism, he said. It wants to prepare students for the "political outlook" they are likely to face in college.

Latter day problem …

 Bleak Expectations (2021 ed.): Stopping by blogs on a frosty evening.

Hmm …

… EXCLUSIVE: Classified study found COVID-19 could have originated in Chinese lab | WJLA.


… Chinese leaders “have not been forthcoming through this process,” and that U.S. analysis “is not based on an assumption that what they say is true.”

Something to think on …

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
— Søren Kierkegaard, born on this date in 1830

Rejected no longer …

‘He’s got a wee spring in his step’: 92-year-old grandfather becomes bestselling poet. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

McCulloch’s son William told the Guardian that his father was “over the moon” at the sales. “He has been writing poetry for years, and sent it to different places, but always got rejected,” he said.

Word of the Day …

… Corrigendum | Word Genius.

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Blogging note …

 I have to take Debbie to a doctor's appointment/ So I won't be blogging again until later.

Reason to hope …

… Capitalist Havens of Free Speech | City Journal. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

… After [Andrew] Sullivan left New York, he quickly attracted some 60,000 subscribers to his new newsletter on the independent online platform Substack; he more than doubled the income he was earning at the magazine, he said. One media critic described Sullivan’s success as “gut curdling” to other journalists. Substack reportedly recruited Yglesias, offering him a hefty advance to join after news of his clashes within Vox emerged. Among the other popular features on Substack are Mounk’s free-speech newsletter Persuasion, which aims “to persuade, rather than to mock or troll, those who disagree with us” and gained about 25,000 subscribers just weeks after it debuted in April 2020; and former Rolling Stonereporter Matt Taibbi’s widely read media criticism, published under the rubric TK News.

Smile, though your heart is aching …

… Paul Davis On Crime: A Little Humor: Olongapo R&R.

Olongapo in 1971 was Dodge City, Las Vegas, and Sodom and Gomorrah all rolled into one. Subic Bay was called “Septic Bay,” by the sailors due to the high rate of VD cases.
 

Something to think on …

Time is, as you are probably aware, merely a convenient fiction. There is no such thing as time.
— E. Nesbit, who died on this date in 1924

RIP …

… The death of the French intellectual - UnHerd.

When the talented Le Figaro columnist, Eugénie Bastié, recently asked Éditions Gallimard’s residing sage Pierre Nora, 89, what he thought of the state of intellectual life in France today, Nora couldn’t find enough epithets to characterise his disdain. “Do we have an intellectual life left? It has collapsed. Well,  subsided, really. Shrunk… Ran out of steam… French intellectual life is provincialised.” (And no worse insult is possible from the heart of the Septième Arrondissement.)


In case you don’t remember …

… 50 years of failed doomsday, eco-pocalyptic predictions; the so-called ‘experts’ are 0-50.

More than merely spotlighting the failed predictions, this collection shows that the makers of failed apocalyptic predictions often are individuals holding respected positions in government and science. While such predictions have been and continue to be enthusiastically reported by a media eager for sensational headlines, the failures are typically not revisited.

Worth considering …

… Daily Inspiration | Inspiring Quotes — You can start late …

Word of the Day …

… Anamnesis | Word Genius.

Monday, May 03, 2021

Papa and the Game …

… The Son Also Rises - BallNine.

In his memoir Papa Hemingway, A. E. Hotchner wrote the author “loved baseball and would go to any game (in Cuba) and occasionally he came to New York just to see a World Series.”

Bittersweet wistfulness and wistful bittersweetness…

 First Known When Lost: April.

April would not be April without its characteristic tinge of melancholy.  All of those cherry, plum, and pear petals drifting down beneath a blue sky, carpeting the green grass and the sidewalks.  It's wonderful how April and October share a similar bittersweet wistfulness and wistful bittersweetness, isn't it?  Every six months, year after year, the falling of petals and the falling of leaves.  Trying to tell us something

Things are getting back to …;

… Vaccinated Man Licks First Doorknob In Over A Year | The Babylon Bee.

Wherein everything is askew …

…  “Caesar is in danger. Great danger!”

I just got a copy …

… Memoirs of a Woke Warrior - Daisy Waugh - The Oldie.

It will surprise no one that I am not a fan of wokeness.

But of course …

Newsalert: The Kentucky Derby bested the Oscars and the SOTU in ratings? Wow.

It had more to offer than just horses’ asses.

Pistol shot heard all around Europe …

… Bleak Expectations (2021 ed.): Singular moment in history of political assassinations.

Something to think on …

Religion is a way of walking, not a way of talking.
— William Inge, born on this date in 1913

Sweet …

… Bedside Reading by Marilyn Nelson | Poetry Foundation. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Appreciation …

In Praise of a Brazen Poet: On the Essays of Kay Ryan, Outsider. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

“Something nonsensical in the heart of poetry is the very reason why one can’t call poetry ‘useful’,” she explains at one point, and then adds, a little later, “This is why Auden and others can say with such confidence that poetry makes nothing happen. That’s the relief of it. And the reason why nothing can substitute for it.” We don’t expect critics to assert such truths anymore, let alone with such confidence. We expect them to “problematize,” to qualify. Ryan’s own confidence, then, is thrillingly anachronistic: obstinate, sure, but warming, too, as if a cast-iron stove were squatting in the middle of that valley.

Worth considering …

… Daily Inspiration | Inspiring Quotes — The blizzard doesn't last ….

Word of the Day …

… Zelig | Word Genius.

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Not much blogging today …

 After Mass at noon I had to pick some things up for Debbie and bring them to her. I just got back and have some other things to do now.

Anniversary …

… “Tail-Gunner Joe” succumbs to illness and alcoholism.

Something to think on …

If you will it, it is no dream; and if you do not will it, a dream it is and a dream it will stay.
— Theodor Herzl, born on this date in 1860

Word of the Day …

… Imprimatur | Word Genius.

Homicide and horror …

… Reviewing the Evidence: Coals of fire and cakes of glass (1998).

Start the day with a smile …

… Paul Davis On Crime: A Little Humor: Hong Kong R&R.

Women's Prize for Fiction...

...The finalists have been announced

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Something to think on …

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.
— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, born on this date in 1881

Anniversary …

… Cold War “Mayday” alert sounded on this day in 1960..

The embrace of being …

… Zealotry of Guerin: Poetry and Fiction by Christopher Guerin: The Gate Contained (Michael Antman), Sonnet #561.

These times …

… A Journey into Mask Country | The American Conservative. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Then it happened. Upon exiting the car in downtown Washington, I had one of those Charlton Heston end-of-civilization epiphanies. Here in the cool spring air were people who actually wore these things outdoors, as a matter of habit. “You maniacs!” I shouted more or less to myself, trying to remember when it had first been established beyond any reasonable doubt that there was no meaningful risk of outdoor transmission of the virus. I stumbled along in a daze past double maskers, a species I assumed were bred only in captivity, and a child wrapped in some kind of translucent garbage bag. Rain began to fall.

Worth considering …

… Daily Inspiration | Inspiring Quotes — Set wide the window …

Word of the Day …

 Raillery | Word Genius.

Yesterday …

 Paul Davis On Crime: A Dark Day In American History: Today Is The Anniversary Of The Fall Of South Vietnam.

Getting ready for the Booker...

 ...An innovate approach to the shortlist