They cared so little for plain fact, these people, and were in that advanced state of degeneracy on the subject, that instead of being impressed by the speaker’s strong common sense, they took it in extraordinary dudgeon.
The McChoakumchild school was all fact, and the school of design was all fact, and the relations between master and man were all fact, and everything was fact between the lying-in hospital and the cemetery, and what you couldn’t state in figures, or show to be purchasable in the cheapest market and salable in the
This month’s Crappy Old Book of the Month was Miss Manners’® Guide to Rearing Perfect Children: A Primer for Everyone Worried about the Future of Civilization (Judith Martin, Atheneum, New York 1984). Unfortunately, this month slipped away from me and I only posted two measly posts about this delightful– and truly funny–book. I am a
Remember this…? From the first post in January’s Crappy old Book of the Month series? The days of the cave man have passed. Physical strength no longer gives prowess to the individual. What the twentieth century demands is the trained intellect. The man who knows is the man of the hour. The Standard Question Book and Home
On the left, The Standard Dictionary of Facts (1914). On the right, The Standard Question Book and Home Study Outlines (1919). The Question Book is… well-titled. It’s a book of questions organized along the lines of The Dictionary: History, Language, Literature… . Let us suppose we are interested in testing our knowledge of, or learning
Previous posts in the Standard Dictionary of Facts series: HISTORY, LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, BIOGRAPHY, GEOGRAPHY, TRAVEL, ART, GOVERNMENT, POLITICS, INDUSTRY, INVENTION, COMMERCE, SCIENCE, NATURAL HISTORY, STATISTICS AND MISCELLANY The Standard Dictionary of Facts– Give it a try! I have already read the Prefaces of both the Question Book and the Dictionary (citations below). I am a
To be honest, I had forgotten I had this crappy old book. It is shelved behind glass in the treasure chest bookshelf. Had you asked, I would easily pointed to all of Aunt Margaret’s books in the treasure chest. I’d just forgotten the title– which is one reason I do a once a year hands-on
The days of the cave man have passed. Physical strength no longer gives prowess to the individual. What the twentieth century demands is the trained intellect. The man who knows is the man of the hour. The Standard Question Book and Home Study Outlines, The Frontier Press Company, Buffalo, New York. 1919. This is the
Back not by popular demand, but because I’m in the mood. If you look ^ there in the header and click, you will see Crappy Old Books of the Months was a (fairly) regular feature in 2015. Anywhere from a half- to a couple of dozen posts on or about a particular crappy old book
What follows is a post from March 27, 2015. The book of the month was The Romance of the Calendar. I think of the bits I’ve quoted on September 11th. Surveying culture in 1937, Wilson understood. ~~~ That is the title of Chapter 15 in The Romance of the Calendar (P.W. Wilson, 1937). I don’t know about
The 1961 November (Left), July (Top), and September (Bottom) issue covers of Horizon: A Magazine of the Arts. The first article in the July issue is titled “The Dream of Reason” and is introduced thusly: Francis Bacon called scientists to the great task of creating Utopia. Their success has been so complete that it threatens
I reached into the box of 40+ Horizon: A Magazine of the Arts magazines and pulled out three volumes thinking that I could clickedy clack rattle off a table of topics, contents, authors, and subjects which interested artsy cultured folks in what by chance turned out to be 1962. Can’t be done. Too much. Can’t
What are your thoughts on Mermaids? Apparently there are not as many mermaid sightings as there once were. From Horizon: A Magazine of the Arts Volume II Number 3 January 1960 (p129).
We have a vivid notion, though confused, of what happened yesterday, for the headlines are still fresh in our personal memories; what happened many years ago is neatly analyzed and schemed into a formal doctrine by the standard histories. But the life-time of our fathers has usually been to us neither history nor experience. From The
“Eminent Men” by W. Warman who does not have a Wikipedia page! In fact, according to the World Wide Web, he barely exists. But he did paint “Eminent Women” on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne (1857). The queen is naturally in the center. This is the companion
Quips from Cicero are uncommon in the engineers’ lab; Ahab and Jael rarely provide a parable for biologists; and few civil servants seek a guide for policy in the examples of Jefferson or Pitt. Yet a hundred, or even fifty, years ago a tradition of culture, based on the classics, on Scripture, on history and literature,
Currier & Ives Chronicles of America (1968, p156) I confess, I am not a true Civil War buff. I am not even a pretend Civil War buff. But I’m pretty sure that the Civil War as depicted by Currier & Ives was a lot less bloody than the real war. When the Battle of Corinth— not
Time to start thinking about a book(s) for October’s Crappy Old Book of the Month series.
“The Life of a Fireman: The Metropolitan System” from Currier & Ives Chronicles of America (p128; image courtesy Library of Congress) The house is still burning. I can see the smoke from the Farm. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on, though. The firetrucks were gone last evening when we drove past but this morning
The Parting Salute From Currier & Ives Chronicles of America (1968)