Saturday, February 18, 2017

Rollin' on the river …

… R.T.'s Commonplace Blog: C'mon back to the raft with Huck and Jim.

Nice to know …

… Students With Blue Suits Turned Away from Career Fair.



Maybe Rutgers needs to rethink its administration.

FYI …

… What’s New at the CHIRB – Chicago Review of Books. (Hat tip, Dan Bloom.)

The Coney Island of the underworld …

 Paul Davis On Crime: My Crime Beat Column: Bond Vs The Mob: A Look Back at Ian Fleming's Visit To Saratoga Springs To Research ‘Diamonds Are Forever’.

A pair of kings …

… R.T.'s Commonplace Blog: David and Solomon.

Something to think on …

Beauty is merciless. You do not look at it, it looks at you and does not forgive.
— Nikos Kazantzakis, born on this date in 1883

Extraordinary unhappiness...

Anniversary …

… Paul Davis On Crime: On This Day In History Mark Twain Published 'The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn'.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Q & A …

 The Language of Appalachian Storytelling: Cat Pleska’s Memoir Riding on Comets | BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog.

Listen in …

… Episode 185 – Willard Spiegelman | Virtual Memories.



“It’s an existential question, not a historical one: what kinds of places make you feel at home? Some people feel at home nowhere, and some feel at home everywhere. I’m myself, wherever I am.”

RIP …

… Michael Novak’s Death: George Weigel’s Remembrance of His Life | National Review.

And the winners are …

… 2016 December : IBPC.



The Judge's Page.



(Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Haiku …


Still February.
Clear blue sky, not really cold.
A hint of summer.

Serious loss …

… Jerome Tuccille, Author of It Usually Begins With Ayn Rand and More, RIP - Hit & Run : Reason.com. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Paging Dave Lull …

 Library Hand, the Fastidiously Neat Penmanship Style Made for Card Catalogs | Atlas Obscura.

Who said what when …

… Nigeness: 'A stupid person's idea of a clever person' and other misattributions.

Ancient places …

… Ever wonder where Amphimachus was born? Now is your chance to catch up on Homer’s Iliad. | The Book Haven.

FYI …

… Your First Website | Bill Peschel.

Worth watching …

… About Last Night | Replay: Somerset Maugham’s “The Alien Corn”.

Something to think on …

Can anything matter, unless there is Somebody who minds?
— Monsignor Ronald Knox, born on this date in 1888

Bird in the know …

… Poetry Daily: Gentleman Crow, by A. E. Stallings. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wow …

… Clive James's Anchorage International. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Structures and space …

… The Absent | North of Oxford.

It's the only time there is …

… The Best of Life is Now: On Willard Spiegelman’s Senior Moments: Looking Back, Looking Ahead - The Kenyon Review. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)



One of the great things about Spiegelman's book is that you don't feel the need to agree with him. You just enjoy having him share his viewpoint.

Q & A…

 Reviewers & Critics: Laura Miller of Slate | Poets & Writers. (Hat tip, Virginia Kerr.$

Homage to Mistress Bradstreet …

… R.T.'s Commonplace Blog: Anne Bradstreet -- a review and a postscript.



Thanks to having been taught by a French order of nuns, I was largely spared the Catholic brand of puritanism. Still, there is much to admire in Puritan culture. Taken seriously, it certainly makes for an examined life.

Appreciation …

… Poet Thomas Lux, known for his generosity as a writer and teacher, dies at 70 - The Boston Globe. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Hmm …

… We Are Wired To Be Outside. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)



Who's the electrician?

Savoring the stories language tells …

… Bill Knott's unclassifiable poetry is collected in 'I Am Flying Into Myself' - LA Times. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Vintage review …

… Anthony Burgess: Last Will and Testament – Dana Gioia.  (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Tyranny alert …

… Rare Phone Call From House Arrest Sparks Fears For Liu Xia's Well-Being. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Moving forward …

… R.T.'s Commonplace Blog: Manifesto.

Something to think on …

They know enough who know how to learn.
— Henry Adams, born on this date in1838

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Life and death …

 R.T.'s Commonplace Blog: Crimes and Punishments.

Building a life...

Glad he cleared that up for us …

 Georgetown Prof. Praises Muslim Slavery.

"I don't think it's morally evil to own somebody," declared Jonathan A. Brown, the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization at Georgetown University. Brown argued that the modern Western notion of "autonomy" is overemphasized, and that in reality "we own lots of people all around us and we're owned by people." Due to the complexity of human interdependence and social interaction, "the term doesn't mean anything," and neither does the term "slavery."
Well, stick-in-the-mud that I am, I continue to think that people are not property and that to act otherwise is morally evil.

Hmm …

… Addendum by Alfred Nicol | Articles | First Things. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Centenary …

… Anthony Burgess at 100: unearthly powers | Prospect Magazine. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

The novelist, he declared, had to be first and foremost someone who gave pleasure. Burgess could manage darker tones as well—the passages about supernatural evil in Earthly Powers are chilling. But most of his enduring work is heavily spiced with ingenious humour.
Earthly Powers is one of the best novels I have ever read.


Something to think on …

A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most perfect prayer.
— Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, who died on this date in 1781