Those of a certain age will remember James J. Kilpatrick (1920-2010), a true political pundit (“learned man”) before the term came into popular use. He and Shana Alexandra were sparing partners on 60 Minutes, and that’s how he’s remembered. For years, though he wrote a syndicated column on English and English usage. I remember reading
We are cucumber rich. I used this phrase in a conversation with Joanie at SuperLu this morning. She laughed. (SuperLu is the grocery store SuperValu. The “Va” on the sign on the side of the building were burnt out for a long time, hence, SuperLu.) I may drop in with a small bag of cukes
I thought the plant was a nice touch. Not counting those that belonged to me but were residing in the Apartment, my library of crappy old books has increased by 520. I counted. I’ll get around to inventorying them some day.
When Daughter C and the J-Man left the Farm, they left behind about 13 overflowing boxes’ worth of crappy old books. Mind, none of the books were actually in boxes when they left, they were on shelves and other surface areas of the Apartment. Months later, one of the tasks the Farmhand pretended to do
[FYI: That random “iv” is a link to a reference.] Check out the comments. The articles have generated quite a bit of discussion. Turns out I’m not the only one who likes crappy old books. Final part tomorrow.
I entered one. We’ll see how it goes.
Any talk of saving culture, or restoring culture, begins with a defense of the humanities. Any hope of cultural revival equally begins with a re-emergence of the humanities. Any hope to truly celebrate—though not uncritically—the human person rests with being drenched in the dewfall of the humanities. The death of the humanities really does mean
There is no more faulty method of discipline than that of severely punishing a child for some outbreak against moral or school law before a hearing has been given him… . Practical School Discipline–Applied Methods Part 2 , Beery, Ray C., 1917. That’s from one of the projects I’m working on at Distributed Proofreaders (DP).
So, you knew it had to be something extra special to forget about the blog for a second day. And let me tell you, it is special! A couple of weeks ago, at The World Famous Ace of Spades Headquarters Book Thread, a fellow asked for volunteers to proofread crappy old books at Distributed Proofreaders
Human virtues are plants which never strike a deep root unless shaken by misfortune. Virtue consists in the directing of our intellectual and physical energies to a praiseworthy end; but if our energies be naturally feeble, or dwindle and wither away through lack of exercise, our virtue, by a necessary consequence, must become dwarfish and
Hit the link for a photo of T. Boone Picken’s amazing personal library.
I don’t think that you can get a better sense of the sort of meaning than from what is in every bookshop in this city… . Douglas Murry via Powerline
I picked up The Literature of American History: A Bibliographical Guide (1902, reprinted 1966) and was skimming through the section on “Educational History,” and came across these two titles (grabbed screen shots at Archive dot org). Here’s the blurb in The Literature of American History: Together these two works, which are really companions, present a
Looks a lot like the Farm.
June 6, 1944– Tonight’s communiqué just in from D-Day invasion headquarters summarizes the news. “Allied forces,” it says, “have succeeded in their initial landings in France; and fighting continues.” Lowell Thomas was the Walter Cronkite of radio. Beginning in 1930, he broadcast twice each evening on CBS radio. It was said that his voice had
via the Sunday Morning Book thread at Ace of Spades Headquarters What the actual H-E-double toothpicks?
Mr. Big sent me an article yesterday with the subject line “the return of the primitive.” He should have said, “the return of the idiocy.” The article, Cool Your Home Without Air Conditioning, was originally published in Popular Science. It is very much like all other PS articles that I happen upon. Its tone is
Originally posted late June, 2016. This time I’ll use frozen stewed tomatoes and puree them in the blender. Created as a dodge for New York’s Sunday morning liquor laws, this zesty, pick-me-upper has become very popular on the brunch menu at the Rainbow Room. This recipe is from Serve It Cold! A Cookbook of