Archive for October, 2015

Goodwood’s speech

October 25, 2015

Portrait of a Lady [634]


‘[…] Here I stand; I’m as firm as a rock. What have you to care about? You’ve no children; that perhaps would be an obstacle. As it is you’ve nothing to consider. You must save what you can of your life; you mustn’t lose it all simply because you’ve lost a part. It would be an insult to you to assume that you care for the look of the thing, for what people will say, for the bottomless idiocy of the world. We’ve nothing to do with all that; we’re quite out of it; we look at things as they are. You took the great step in coming away; the next is nothing; it’s the natural one. I swear, as I stand here, that a woman deliberately made to suffer is justified in anything in life — in going down into the streets if that will help her! I know how you suffer; and that’s why I’m here. We can do absolutely as we please; to whom under the sun do we owe anything? What is it that holds us, what is it that has the smallest right to interfere in such a question as this? Such a question is between ourselves — and to say that is to settle it! Were we born to rot in our misery — were we born to be afraid? I never knew you afraid! If you’ll only trust me, how little you will be disappointed! The world’s all before us — the world’s very big. I know something about that.’

October 23, 2015

If you go to Capital Self-Storage in the morning, you’ll see dozens of doors open a bit, jackets hung up and chairs pulled out as the morning routine begins. There is shaving, pants being ironed, deodorant smeared on armpits…. [POST, 10/22/15]

Washington Park

October 19, 2015

Washington park, burned down 1917, colored amusement park, on site of nat’l harbor [post 10.17.15]:

In a 2008 Journal of American History article, Andrew quotes an advertisement for Jefferson’s park: “If the colored men and women of this city are inclined to patronize nearby resorts, why not patronize one conducted by a member of their own race, rather than one conducted by a white man, a Jim Crow arrangement . . . with its separate wharf?”

Article on JSTOR I can’t access about this has a tantalizing preview. No wikipedia page. Something on Notley Hall, a precursor to Washington Park..

October 18, 2015

..
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France
Napoleon’s
the power of
Venice passed under
who abdicated in 1797, when
The last doge was Ludovico Manin,
The last doge was Ludovico Manin,
who abdicated in 1797, when
Venice passed under
the power of
Napoleon’s
France

France

Napoleon’s
the power of
Venice passed under
who abdicated in 1797, when
The last doge was Ludovico Manin,
The last doge was Ludovico Manin,
who abdicated in 1797, when
Venice passed under
the power of
Napoleon’s
France


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Grave of the Commandant

October 11, 2015

At the end of The Penal Colony (Kafka) it’s found that the Commandant’s grave is beneath a table in a tea house (trans. Donna Freed):

They pushed one of the tables aside, and under it there actually was a gravestone. It was a simple stone, low enough to be hidden beneath a table. It bore an inscription in very small lettering: the traveler had to kneel down in order to read it. It read: ‘Here lies the old commandant. His followers, who must now remain nameless, have dug this grave and set this stone. It has been prophesied that after a certain number of years he will rise again and lead his followers out of this house to reclaim the colony. Have faith and wait!”

The reason the commandant has been buried in a tea house is that the priest wouldn’t allow his corpse in the cemetery –“no one knew where to bury him,” the soldier explains, “and they ended up burying him here.”

October 7, 2015

In this telling, eating your cake leads your body to burn calories so fast that it’s like you end up thinner than you started! Vox (Klein on reducing the deficit via tax cuts).

October 4, 2015

….. Whatever interests the rest interests me, politics, wars, markets, newspapers, schools,
….. The mayor and councils, banks, tariffs, steamships, factories, stocks, stores, real estate and personal estate.

–Song of Myself