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January 12, 2017


It is the longing for the return of a better past, promised by the President-elect, that got him elected. And how will those voters fare, as they discover that those sectors of the economy will not revive, those jobs will not return? Even the gates are now manufactured somewhere else.

Lispector is in my pile of books bought last year but not yet read...

"I think that you will all agree that we are living in most interesting times. I never remember myself a time in which our history was so full, in which day by day brought us new objects of interest, and, let me say also, new objects for anxiety." --Jos. Chamberlain, 1898

I still like the fragmentary Iceland book.

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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.