When someone says, “Anything is okay with me.” or “I don’t care what people do in the privacy of their home.” I think they are a few cards short of a deck. I think they mean well and they want to be inclusive but they have not thought things through. ... [Read More]
The Hare with the Amber Eyes proved popular with our Book Group. Written by Edmund de Waal, it is his family memoir tracing the history of his family, the Ephrussi, from 1871 to 2009. The Hare with the Amber Eyes is a netsuki from Japan; a small, carved ornament, worn as part of Japanese traditional dress. It was a toggle on the sash, to which an object might be attached. In his book, de Waal uses the netsuki, and the collection of which it is a part, as the thread that runs through the story, and holds it together. Really very appropriate, considering the use of a netsuki.
Professor Michael Manley-Casimir, who had suggested the book, led us in an extremely interesting discussion. Everyone had enjoyed reading it. In fact, I had sat up late one evening because I couldn’t put it down. We liked Edmund de Waal’s writing style, and found the book easy to read. His talent for creating an environment, and bringing alive the atmosphere, was much admired. His description of Charles Ephrussi’s salon in Paris, with mention of the art hanging on its walls, evoked Paris in the time of the Impressionists. As I read, I enjoyed looking up the art on my Chromebook, as it was mentioned by de Waal: Renoir; Manet; Monet; were the names ringing down through the centuries. Charles Ephrussi knew them all, and was a patron.... [Read More]
While researching my recent Thought of the Day post for 2018-04-19, “Where am I in the Solar System?”, I came across a curious detail about the recently-named features on Pluto’s moon Charon. It occurred to me that this is just the kind of item John Derbyshire likes to use in the “Closing Miscellany” section of his Radio Derb podcast at VDARE.com, so I passed it along to him. He used it as the final item of the 2018-04-21 episode of the weekly podcast. (VDARE.com is changing their hosting configuration and has experienced some instability and problems with security certificates; if you get errors or warnings, either plow through them or be patient—they’re working on it. Radio Derb appears on the Ratburger Podcast Feed, but due to these problems the link to this week’s episode is bad; use the direct link above.)
Here is the E-mail I sent to John Derbyshire on April 19th:... [Read More]
This was advice the late former First Lady Barbara Bush gave her eldest grandson George P. as he contemplated going into politics upon college graduation. She had prefaced this remark by insisting he work in the private sector first so he’d “know something about something.”
Great advice from a great woman. I miss her already.
I hate suicide but I can understand why it happens. I thought it was the ultimate in selfishness but now I have to revise that. The ultimate are these murder suicides. Off yourself if you must but leave those with a life in peace. You don’t care to stick around so leave it at that. Of course I would rather you stuck it out for things that seem totally desperate have a way of changing.
Zulu (1964) is a British epic war film depicting the historic Battle of Rorke’s Drift (1879), between 150 British soldiers of the British Army and 4,000 Zulu warriors. This battle was part of the Anglo-Zulu war, as the British Army moved into South Africa to further extend the British Empire. Zulu is a romantic rendering of the story around this military event. The basic facts are accurate, but some have been changed for dramatic effect.
It was directed by Cy Endfield, who collaborated with John Prebble in writing the screenplay. The direction could have been tightened up, and the acting perhaps improved, but it is an entertaining film. It became popular, and went on to great box office success.... [Read More]