Filed under: books, history, politics, quote of the day, rome, things i like
“when i notice how carefully arranged his hair is and when i watch him adjusting the parting with one finger, i cannot imagine that this man could conceive of such a wicked thing as to destroy the roman constitution.”
– attributed to cicero in plutarch’s life of caesar
“it seems to me that with the burial of myth, the barn in which the mysterious animals of the human unconscious were housed over thousands of years has been abandoned and the animals turned loose – on the tragically mistaken assumption that they were phantoms – and that now they are devastating the countryside.”
– václav havel, “thriller,” 1984. read the short and brilliant piece here.
Filed under: current events, czech, history, i'm serious, politics, quote of the day, václav havel
“i realize i was always laughed at for being a humanist, a dreamer, a poet, instead of talking about value-added tax or something like that.”
this man had a noble soul and a truly original creative mind, as well as the goodwill to use both for the benefit of others. rest in peace.
Filed under: art, current events, czech, history, i'm serious, politics, václav havel
václav havel and his wife, olga, imitate a painting.
this is in acknowledgement of the student protests that became the “velvet revolution” [17-28 november, 1989] … i’ve been reading lots of havel’s essays lately, and many of them are poignantly applicable and relevant to the movements seeking social change that are happening now. his writing really lends a critical eye to what needs to be changed, as well as what methods are worthy or unworthy / effective or ineffective to do so. excerpts to come.
Filed under: americana, i'm serious, music, politics, quote of the day, woody guthrie
…is a tea party with animal guests.
“a modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined; one discovers how far one can go only by traveling in a straight line until one is stopped.”
– mr. norman mailer
speaking of resting in peace:
prohibition kills the farmers’ livelihoods. (from the library of congress archives)
i need to vote absentee!
it’s odd that i will be an absentee for my first presidential election vote.
photo from portroids. check it out.