There’s a lot to take in regarding the current war zone of despair racking Ukraine. Let’s recap, out of Quartz Yanukovych’s days were numbered. That is when opposition protesters poured into Independence Square in loud defiance of a law pushed through by Yanukovych that effectively outlawed public dissent. An axiom of such situations is that strongmen are in trouble when protesters stop fearing bullets, and so it was for Yanukovych on Jan. 28—shots were fired, but his opponents stayed put and stubbornly demanded his resignation. To defuse the situation, he had parliament reverse itself, and he pushed out his prime minister. But events already were set in motion. Yesterday, Yanukovych agreed to accelerate elections that were scheduled for next February. And … Read More
On the precipice of winter, this is the book you should read. One Summer by Bill Bryson 3 short months during 1927 a numerous amount of historically pivotal things occurred. It almost seems fantastical the list, the people, the industries, the evolution of our American psyche. Here’s a bullet point idea: The first Atlantic plane crossing and the history of aviation and Charles Lindbergh The evolution of baseball, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig (sports bore me, but i loved reading about this, if that says anything) The first crime catalyst for the electric chair, the couple(s) killed, and the worst bombings to date The Model T as the first vehicle, the first televisions, and the first ‘talkies’ non-silent movies Calvin … Read More
I fear a number of our current politicians feel immune to history. When a situation isn’t directly affecting one, it is easy to compartmentalize. The future is messy… and the past is neat. It’s always like that. That’s because the people who chronicle the past are busy connecting the dots, editing what we remember and presenting a neat, coherent arc. We can publish the history of Roman Empire in 500 pages, but we’d need ten times that to contain a narrative of the noise in your head over the last hour. Even viral videos are easy to describe after they happen. But if these experts are so smart, how come they can never predict the next one? via Seth Godin … Read More
It was an interesting month of reading during the past month of May, to say the least. One thing is for certain, I am author loyal. When I read anything I like, I backtrack on what else has been written by the person, and anticipate what they’ll put out in the future. It keeps my stacks tall and shelves heavy. One woman’s work I’ve had on the periphery of my mind is Mary Roach. She picks a singular topic and rips it to shreds with her very morbid curiosity. No faint of hearts or sensitive stomachs should read her work. The most recent book, Gulp, was spotlighted on NPR, and after hearing the interview with her, I decided to get … Read More
With today’s dawning of the new Bush Presidential Library at Southern Methodist University, I wanted to share a few related links. Here is a very thorough review with Dallas’s new architectural critic for the Dallas Morning News. This is his first interview here. What a treat for him. Can you imagine only one bookshop remaining? I really hope this isn’t the future of books. Sad. Now that every upright and mobile person has a smart phone, we can all capture history in the making. When Everyone is an Eye-Witness, What is a Journalist? Great question.