Thursday, October 29, 2020
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
In a review of a biography of Abraham Lincoln in The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik makes a couple of throwaway observations of the 1860 campaign for the Republican nomination for President, observations about parallels to today's world.
The Lincolnians also courted a now often overlooked interest group, the émigré Germans, including many exiled by the failed liberal revolutions of 1848. As [Sidney] Blumenthal notes, Lincoln had bought a German-language newspaper, in order to appeal to those key players of the “identity politics” of the time. (It was the equivalent of surreptitiously funding Facebook pages in 2020.)Source: The New Yorker.
Identity politics. Facebook. Both in a paragraph about the election of 1860. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Monday, October 26, 2020
"For a Dreamer of Houses".
Bonus photo after the jump.
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Friday, October 23, 2020
From The Index of Self-Destructive Acts, by Christopher Beha:
The index of self-destructive acts is a baseball statistic developed by Bill James that counts up all the mistakes a pitcher makes that are entirely in his control: balks, wild pitches, errors, etc. There's not much baseball in this novel by Christopher Beha, but there are a lot of self-destructive acts.
|On the day that Waxworth arrived in New York to write for the Interviewer, a man named Herman Nash stood on the rim of the fountain in Washington Square and announced that the world was about to end."|