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Albert’s Son | Horizon September 1961

We’re going to continue with the new format. As always a complete article is only a scan away if you’d like. (And I’ll take greater can than I did with some of these.) Text and images ©1961 American Heritage Publishing Company, New York, New York. “Will the new atmosphere translate itself into a style–perhaps even …

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“people are too damned dumb” | Horizon July 1961

I have only skimmed this but there are echos of C.P. Snow (and others) floating about. The main focus seems to be the shifts–beginning with Bacon–between the big picture and little picture of the world. This of course leads to the inevitable conclusion that “the haphazard scientific technology pursued without regard for its relevance to …

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The Studio 1931

Modem ornament seeks to represent neither a likeness of the thing which is its nominal theme, nor yet a fanciful interpretation of its lineaments, but a sort of synthesis of the basic idea underlying it. It selects some arbitrary aspect of its model, such as its appearance in motion…

… Every Child Should Know

Decided I should sort the pile of children’s books under (yes Marica, on the floor) the nightstand and find them a respectable place to reside. And, there it was. What a susprise just after reading Marica’s post about Christmas Stories Every Child Should Know. She mentioned the series had 6 volumes. Wonder if this is …

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Off Topic Wednesday. A Bit About Writing Implements

Continuing my meanderings about writing implements I thought I’d give you a look at some of the pens in my collection.When we discuss old books does anyone consider the actual act of penning the books? How laborious it must have been.The first “pens” were reeds, then quills, then some clever fellow in ancient Rome designed …

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Yesterday’s Finds | A Father & Daughter Bookstore

We traveled yesterday to the Capitol City of Mississippi which is quite a hole. It’s way up on the list of most dangerous and stupid places in the U.S. of A. Years ago it had some great old book stores, one, I remember fondly, managed by the guy who was tasked with inventorying Edora Welty’s …

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The Return of Arnold Toynbee | Just doing my part + a sad book story

When we are investigating the relations between the facts of History, we are trying to see God through History with our intellects. The sorting out of facts is essentially an intellectual activity. The Intellect, however, is only one faculty of the Soul. When we think about some­thing, we are apt also to have feelings about it, and our impulse to express our feelings is still stronger than our impulse to express our thoughts. –Arnold Toynbee, A Study of History