links for 2011-04-13

  • "Looking back to the early part of this diary, I see how my political predictions have been falsified, and yet, as it were, the revolutionary changes that I expected are happening, but in slow motion. I made an entry, I see, implying that private advertisements would have disappeared from the walls within a year. They haven’t, of course – that disgusting Famel Cough Syrup advert, is still plastered all over the place, also He’s Twice the Man on Worthington and Somebody’s Mother isn’t Using Persil – but they are far fewer, and the government posters far more numerous. Connolly said once that intellectuals tend to be right about the direction of events but wrong about their tempo, which is very true."

    Orwell's observations on the course of WWII continue at The Orwell Prize.

  • "According to Eliza Gray‘s count, roughly one-third of the issues of Vanity Fair since 2003 have contained at least one article about a Kennedy, written by a Kennedy, or mentioning a Kennedy at least seven times."
  • "'Most of the websites that are blocked have to do with obscene material, material that is inappropriate,” Falwell said. “It just so happened last week The News & Advance was blocked for a day or two. We’re a private organization and we don’t have to give a reason and we’re not.'

    "Liberty’s decision last week to block The News & Advance website, http://www.newsadvance.com, was not related to the newspaper’s content, Falwell added."

    What then? Hurt feelings? Via poynter.org

  • "'Every once in a while, a movie comes along that captures a slice of the zeitgeist. Could Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 — due to be released on April 15 — be that kind of film?' Could it? That would require the political and social climate of America to be so cynical, selfish, and ethically bankrupt that — OK, yeah, it could be that kind of film."
  • "Jean M. Auel dared to reinvent her life in her forties. After a career in business, she became consumed by an idea for a story set 25,000 years ago. As she began researching Neanderthals and Cro-Magnon people (the first early modern humans), Auel zeroed in on the archaeological and anthropological study of Ice Age-era Europe. Her debut novel, The Clan of the Cave Bear, was published in 1980 and would become Earth's Children, an epic series that has spanned six books and approximately 4,000 pages and sold more than 45 million copies. Now the 75-year-old has finished the saga of her intrepid Cro-Magnon heroine, Ayla, with the heavily anticipated final book, The Land of Painted Caves. The Oregon-based writer chatted with Goodreads about her extensive travels to prehistoric sites around the world…."

    HT: CSJ

  • We need this cultural archive. Otherwise the children will never believe these artifacts existed.
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