I. CLIO “let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth” The past’s fantasia cannot hold or let us go. Flycatcher catching itself in the pool’s glint gaze, Samarkand where Tamerlane hewed his bloody thread, unspooling across the hacked-to-pieces field, a triple axle splitting Clio’s cataract, muddy then clear, the opal of a rain-sheened … More The muse of history
The book seems dated now, but I did not pay enough attention when it came out in 2003, although I read the reviews. It is about how the for-profit ethos has crept into universities. I do not know whether I knew enough then to understand the book as I do now. I learned a very … More Steal this university!
Alan Watts on Chesterton. Paul Preston on the Spanish Civil War — as holocaust. The Holocaust Encyclopedia actually has an entry on the Spanish Civil War. U.S. economists are always wrong. Hattie says: There was also an excerpt from Chris Hayes’s new book, A Colony Within a Nation. As he says, “In the nation, you … More Things people have sent me to try.
– Thursday is César Vallejo’s birthday and he will be 125. – This, as we know, could also be about Vallejo, as it is about many: Living in Budapest, connected to a self-confident and industrializing West but set apart from it by language and often religion, Polanyi and his contemporaries embodied one of the central … More Encore des nouvelles. On modernity, and on race.
A map shows each country’s current second language. Saudi Arabia’s is Tagalog. That New Orleans-Havana connection. * Russia in 1921, as represented at a conference of London trade unionists, held in the Friars Hall, Blackfriars Road, London, held on May 7 of that year. Here, the report’s author visits Russia. Volin’s anarchist analysis of the Revolution. … More Des joies du printemps.
Here is one and there is another. They are for Aleksandr Voskresensky and my cousin Lydia Voskresenskaya, and her sister Eugenia Nersessova and her husband. In November, 1921 they were arrested and held in Butyrskaya Prison until December. The site the letters are on seems to be about political prisoners 1918-1922 and 1922-1938. It is very inconvenient … More Some detention letters for my relatives.
BBC: A warning from history I … II … and there are more parts to the series. It is from the 1990s but is being rebroadcast now. The BBC has an episode guide and my interest is in the question of how the Nazi takeover started. There is a new book on Hitler as well, that looks … More I think we really are going into some form of nazism, and should study it.
Interlibrary librarian: I remember your name because you have such a happy persona. (What I thought: You see me when I have actually ordered books, and they have arrived, and I have gotten myself here to pick them up. In addition you are my favorite office at this university, and I am very pleased you … More Comments on me this week
Via SMT and well worth reading. Sometimes “here” has no walls. There are some pieces of corrugated cardboard, a square of tarp and a sleeping bag, a deck of cards for solitaire. Or, following the movement of thinking, a woman escapes the confinement of identity, moving into the open of language as it discovers her. … More On intersubjectivity and prosody
Here is a book about how to be an academic administrator and it looks quite good. It is from 2006 but glancing at it I thought it would be older, as it seems to come from an era so much kinder and gentler and humane. The university was already savage, of course, but it really … More “Where you stand is where you sit”