A poem about an intimate moment during a long family drive
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As told by Gore Vidal in Palimpsest, when Tennesee Williams was confronted with the fact that he claimed a slightly younger age than his birth certificate could support, he responded: “I do not choose to count as a part of my life the three years I spent selling shoes”.
James Branch Cabell seems to have borrowed his fantasy theogony from Hume’s Dialogues on Natural Religion.
Aragorn: What do you fear, lady? Éowyn: A cage. To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire. –From The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Former UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson’s memoir is one of the best non-political books ever written by a politician
To my mind, the greatest shortcoming of the electric pencil sharpener is not its limited utility, but the way it alienates its user from the pencil-sharpening process. In a culture that prizes openness and accountability, this device remains a defiantly closed system; the ultimate black box; a windowless abbatoir. The unreliable narrator can be an […]
The DiCaprio film adaptation of The Great Gatsby reminds me that of all the novels I’ve read, it had my favorite closing sentence: So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. The novel with my favorite opening sentence is Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities: It was the best of […]
I was in Russia when a tourist from New York turned to me and said, “Whatever happened to Chicago?” To this mysterious question he added, “I kept thinking it was going to break through, but it never did.” Nonplussed, I tried to think of a Chicago breakthrough. Eventually I must have sputtered something about Nobel […]
The US Senate and the European Parliament likened to the ostrich that Sir Thomas Browne tried to feed an iron bun.
Google not and tell me: What is the origin of the phrase “red herring” and how is it of particular interest on this day? UPDATE: AS OF 9:18 AM SUNDAY LONDON TIME THERE ARE NO CORRECT ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS SO HERE IS A HINT. THE EVENT OF CONCERN THAT MAKES THE PHRASE Of PARTICULAR […]