Wednesday Reads: Dizzy, Ditzy, Link Dump

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Good Morning

This is going to be exactly what the title says…nothing more to say about that.

I have saved these links over the last few days, they may be a little stale but hopefully you will still find them somewhat interesting.

And since I am completely out of it, this link dump is in no particular order.

D.H. Lawrence Righteously Rages Against Misogyny in Newly Discovered Essay

A lost D.H. Lawrence essay in which the famed author issued a major takedown to a misogynistic contemporary has been found in a library in New Zealand.

Dr. Andrew Harrison, an English professor at the University of Nottingham, discovered the essay while doing research in the online archive of the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington. The essay was buried among the papers and correspondence of John Middleton Murry, a writer and editor who was married to the New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield. Murry’s papers were recently acquired by the library. Lawrence had written the 185-word essay in a letter to his friend Murry. It was never published, and its existence was unknown to scholars until now.

You can find more information about the essay here, but check this out….

Lawrence wrote the piece some time in late 1923 or early 1924 in response to an essay published in Adelphi, a literary magazine Murry edited. That essay, which ran under the byline “JHR,” was a viciously misogynistic treatise called “The Ugliness of Women.” Its author argued that “in every woman born there is a seed of terrible, unmentionable evil: evil such as man — a simple creature for all his passions and lusts — could never dream of in the most horrible of nightmares, could never conceive in imagination.”

Continued JHR, “No doubt, the evil growth is derived from Eve, who certainly did or thought something wicked beyond words.”

Murry invited readers to respond to JHR, and Lawrence — a regular contributor to Adelphi — did so.

Lawrence argued that JHR was projecting, basically:

The hideousness he sees is the reflection of himself, and of the automatic meat-lust with which he approaches another individual…Even the most ‘beautiful’ woman is still a human creature. If he approached her as such, as a being instead of as a piece of lurid meat, he would have no horrors afterwards.

Meat-lust! The revolutionary idea that women are human! Advice about how to approach the opposite sex that would still work today!

Ever wonder about, What Happens to Your Email When You Die? Google’s Got a Solution Google Announces Inactive Account Manager | Geekosystem

And another item from Geekosystem, this is a picture and I absolutely love it!!!!!

Pen and Paper, that dude takes my breath away! I think you could find a couple more kids using paper and pens in that picture, but the yellow shirt just stands out.

Another picture for you, the fiber artist in me had to save it:

Image of the Day: April 10 – NYTimes.com

An artisan hanging freshly dyed strands of multicolored thread used in Hindu rituals, at Lalgopalganj, a town in Allahabad district of Uttar Pradesh.

An artisan hanging freshly dyed strands of multicolored thread used in Hindu rituals, at Lalgopalganj, a town in Allahabad district of Uttar Pradesh.

Speaking of Fiber Art: A Box of Sheep – NYTimes.com

This week, a sheep arrived in a box. Not the whole sheep, which is still, I hope, grazing happily in a pasture somewhere in northeast Washington State. Only its fleece. I’ve raised many animals but never sheep. My dad, who raised them as a farm boy, left me with a vicious prejudice against them, and the only sheep I saw as a boy did nothing to counter it. They stood — a dim, ghostly flock — in a grove they had denuded entirely of grass and undergrowth. It occurs to me now that this was the fault of the farmer, not of the sheep, who have no more interest in eating bare dirt than I do.

I bought the fleece because I’ve been away from the farm for a couple of months and because it’s just the right amount of commitment. No feeding, no herding, no vet bills; no wondering: What have I done? If I were home, it would have been all too easy to drive up the road, pick up a few lambs and turn them loose in the pasture — the beginning of another trial-and-error episode in livestock management. These episodes get easier and easier because the pigs, horses, chickens, geese and turkeys have taught me so much. Still, none of them are sheep.

I set the box on the kitchen table, opened it with a knife and folded back the newspaper inside. The scent of sheep rose like a genie from a bottle — a genie who used a lot of lanolin.

There is something so comforting and joyful and soothing in the smell of lanolin.

Of course you have to click these links to read the rest of the stories, I mean, that goes without saying.

Did you see this crap?  Albany Teacher Gives Pro-Nazi Writing Assignment – NYTimes.com

Or how about this idiot? Justin Bieber at Anne Frank House: ‘Hopefully She Would Have Been a Belieber’

…Bieber wrote in the guestbook: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”

I found this image on Pinterest and there was no information available. The website page it went to was no longer loading so I wrote to Lawrence University (the only clue I could sort out) to find out more about it….it was thrilling to get an email back from Leslie Walfish, Director of the Galleries, Wriston Art Galleries. I am quoting the email below with the image…

Otto Wirsching, 1919

Otto Wirsching, 1919

Dear JJ Lopez Minkoff,

Thank you for your interest in our Otto Wirsching print from Vom Totentanz Anno 1915. The particular print you have asked about is part of a portfolio created by Wirsching in 1919.

The following information was previously on the website that you mentioned, please let me know if you need more information:

Otto Wirsching

Born, Nuremberg, January 29, 1889; died Dachau, December 1919

While Wirsching’s life and career were short, he left behind several notable sets of graphic works that demonstrate his devotion to the tradition of German woodcut. The son of a Nuremberg pharmacist, Wirsching studied for three years at the School of Arts and Crafts there. In 1907, he came to Munich, where he worked with Hugo von Habermann (1849-1929). In the summer of that year, he walked to Italy and Corsica; during this time he made copies in the Uffizi. He continued his travels through Spain and North Africa, living as a vagabond. Despite his thorough knowledge of Mediterranean art, Wirsching’s greatest artistic inspirations were the paintings and woodcuts of the great German masters of the Renaissance; he studied these works avidly at Munich’s City Library. When he returned to Munich at the beginning of 1913, he moved to the nearby village of Dachau, since the 1980s an important artists’ colony of the naturalist school. When war broke out, he served in the artillery, but was back in Dachau by 1916. Here he painted and also perfected his skill as a graphic artist, creating a fanciful style that translated his knowledge of the German Masters into a modern idiom. He became a leading artist of the new Dachau school, which took on a more Expressionist mode. He supported himself by making woodcut ex-libris and greeting cards for members of Munich’s artistic circles. He married in Dachau the Hungarian painter, Ankara Kowatsch. Signs of the mental instability–no doubt exacerbated by the unrecognizable presence of a brain tumor–began to appear in 1916 or 1917. He continued nonetheless to produce woodcut series and illustrations for books, as well as paintings which incorporated traditionally religious and mythological motifs into contemporary settings. While placing a new print into the press, he fell dead to the ground, the victim of a stroke. A dissertation on his woodcuts was completed in 1923, evidence of the strength of his artistic vision and its influence on Munich artists immediately following World War I.

The Death-Dance Anno 1915/10 Pictures (Vom Totentanz Anno 1915/10) 1950

According to Theime-Becker, this portfolio was the most significant of the many “death dances” produced during the First World War. In its style, one recognizes immediately Wirsching’s international allusion to the medieval German masters of the woodcut. His choice of images, however, is distinctly modern: the figure of Death, in the traditional form of a skeleton, confronts a variety of contemporary figures who will meet their doom as a result of the devastation of this new war. The first plate shows a peasant in the field learning of the declaration of war from his newspaper; Death appears over his shoulder and steals the farmer’s scythe. In another plate, Wirsching shows Death leading a spy by a rope, depicted as the obvious Jewish stereotype of the moneylender–evidence of the prevalence in German society of this anti-Semitic view. Perhaps the most griping image is that of the corpse-fleecer, one of the vandals who ransacked the bodies on the battlefields for gold teeth and anything else of value. In Wirsching’s depiction, Death surprises the fleecer himself in the field of corpses. As a whole, Vom Totentanz is a grim indictment of the evil of war and man’s innate inhumanity to man. By alluding so directly to the hallow stylistic tradition of the German Totentanz, Wirsching’s philosophical message is all the more damning.

Sincerely,

Leslie Walfish

Leslie Walfish

Director of the Galleries

Wriston Art Galleries

Lawrence University

Last week Legendary ballerina Maria Tallchief died at 88

Born in 1925 to a father from the Osage tribe and a mother of Irish-Scottish descent, Tallchief was one of the first Native American ballerinas to achieve such prominence with major companies.

Her pride in her heritage led her to refuse pressure common at the time to change her name to a more marketable, Russian-sounding version — for example turning Tallchief into Tallchieva.

She grew up initially on the Osage reservation in Oklahoma, where her family’s life had been revolutionized by the wealth that came with the discovery of oil on tribal land.

Highly musical, she took piano and ballet lessons, and at eight, when her family moved to Los Angeles, her dancing turned serious.

In 1942, she joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, a leading touring company, and it was there that she grew close Balanchine, who was the choreographer. They married in 1946 and divorced in 1950.

She was the prima ballerina at New York City Ballet, where Balanchine was also choreographer. Her appearance in the “The Firebird” in 1949 assured her stardom.

This is video of Tallchief dancing The Firebird.

Hey, I was happy when I saw this little headline last week: The pros and cons of going braless

Scientific research on the effect on bras on the sagging of boobs backs up the old feminist call for women to ditch the harness

I don’t care if this next study is done by a male professor, I never wear bras anyway…and I could care less if they sag all the way down to the floor.

Anyway, Bras: a male professor is no expert

Bras being flung in the air in Paris

French professor Jean-Denis Rouillon has said ‘breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity’. Photograph: Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Denis Rouillon, a professor of sports science at Besançon university, has spent 15 years studying the anatomy of 330 women, and come to the conclusion that bras are a “false necessity”. So, clever him and stupid women.

Except, wait. Rouillon isn’t any kind of expert at all, because he doesn’t have breasts. He reckons that “medically, physiologically, anatomically breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity”. But women don’t wear bras for medical, physiological or anatomical reasons. We wear them for psychological, aesthetic and practical reasons. Bras stop our breasts from wobbling about in a Don’t Forget for a Second You’ve Got Breasts manner, allowing us to forget them. Otherwise we’d be cupping them in our hands every time we broke into a trot to catch a lift.

Rouillon says that his research shows the nipples of women aged 18-35 rose by an average of 7mm when they went braless. He fails to understand that one of the many comforting things about bras is that you rarely have to think about where your nipples might be. Women are encouraged to fret about their breasts enough. The last thing we need is some fool telling us that we need to think about them, and their welfare, a great deal more.

Gotta give you a link on prehistoric dwarfism: BBC News – Study backs ‘hobbit’ island dwarfism theory

Plus a little history: Speaking up for women’s voting rights: From the archive, 15 April 1892 | From the Guardian | guardian.co.uk

And, a bit of nature: Spring flowers along the Appalachian Trail | Today’s Image | EarthSky

Photo credit: Jane Wildoner

EarthSky Facebook friend Tom Wildoner posted this photo yesterday. He wrote:

Spring flowers along the Appalachian Trail and Swatara State Park in Pennsylvania. What a great weekend for hiking in PA.

Thanks so much for posting Tom!

Last week I went to Atlanta for my EEG and on the way back we stopped at the Walasi-Yi Center, on Blood Mountain which is a stop on the Appalachian Trail…here are some pictures I took, the shoes are from folks who have put at least 500 miles on their boots. There are also some pictures of hikers just starting out on the trail:

No spring flowers yet, we must be at a higher elevation.

Since I am sharing pictures, here is one from last week….early in the morning facing east, looking out at the farm next door.

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Pretty isn’t it?

Have a wonderful day….think of this as an open thread.

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14 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Dizzy, Ditzy, Link Dump”

  1. Morning, stories are starting to come out. This one is interesting…one of the people who went to help. An immigrant from Costa Rica, who lost a son in Iraq, became an anti war protester. He is the man in the cowboy hat. A lot of my Latin friends from Tampa are remarking that he is an immigrant….who became an American citizen. Boston Marathon bomb explosions: How hero Carlos Arredondo who lost soldier son in Iraq saved lives | Mail Online

    Boston Marathon bombs similar to ‘lone wolf’ devices, experts say – CNN.com

    Young boy, dream daughter, Chinese citizen killed in Boston blasts | Reuters

  2. Pat Johnson says:

    Just a trivial observation, but Justin Bieber is a prime example of stupidity.

    Yanked from having a normal childhood that includes education, he was thrown into the spotlight very early on and has no idea of what he is saying because he has no idea of what a historical reference includes.

    So true of many of these child stars who become the ATM for their families but upon reaching adulthood become some of the most obnoxious people on the planet.

    The sad fact is that he is held up as an “icon” to so many young adolescents who more than likely have no clue themselves to the stupidity of these vapid comments since they were uttered by a celebrity.

    Someone needs to hand over a history book to Justin before he burns himself out.

    • My son shook his head when he saw that and said, that kid has been on tour since he was 6 years old.

    • Pat, how are your grand-daughters and son and daughter-in-law doing?

      • Pat Johnson says:

        When they all reached the safety of home they noticed that the 10 yr old had withdrawn while the 8 yr old kept trembling. After assuring them that they were all “safe” my son and daughter in law began to review the effects this was having on them all.

        Because his office was in one of the blocked off areas of Boston, he had the day off. Rather than remain indoors where fear was finding a home they decided to take a family day trip. It was designed to restore some sense of “normalcy” in a world that had gone crazy within a few miles of their home.

        They headed for the coast of Maine, a place they all love. Trying to instill the beauty of life back into two little girls who found themselves running away from lurking danger just the day before, they wanted to restore their faith in the human race. It worked to some extent as the girls seem to find solace in the memories of better times at the beach, a place that their parents had become engaged 15 years before.

        Their young lives have been marred by sudden fear that came unexpectedly and only time what it may produce. But the 8 yr old makes her First Communion in another week which may take her mind off what she witnessed and experienced, surrounded by family and friends who love and cherish her presence.

        It will take time.

        • That is good to hear. I am glad there are doing something positive. When September 11th happened, we had already purchased a puppy for the kids for their birthday, and had planned on picking her up that Sunday…but decided to pick her up early on Wed. the 12th. It did help a little to get our mind off of things. However, honestly, it did not completely do the trick. We were in bad shape for about two years after the attack.

          • dakinikat says:

            I experienced my first terrorist bombing in 1972 when I was a young teenager travelling in Europe. Do you know there are still no trashcans in downtown London because of all the IRA bombings? I was in Germany and Switzerland when the Olympics attacks took place and that was a few days after the bomb went off in the airport when we were there. I was strip searched at 15 by a huge German woman flying from the Zurich airport to Ireland. The bombs were set by the B/M gang from Germany. there were some girls from the US involved so I got special treatment that year… was in London about a decade later for an IRA bomb near the London Tour . there were lots of these events in Paris in the 80s too. I was always surprised it was rare in our country … odd to think it might start getting common like it is other places

      • bostonboomer says:

        Pat,

        It sounds like your brother and his wife are very good parents. I’m not surprised the girls are still frightened. It will take some time, but with love and support they should be all right.

        I have to admit, I still feel very shaky myself. I haven’t really slept for the past two nights. I’m not afraid, just heartbroken over all the people who are suffering and hoping they catch whoever did this.

  3. There are a lot of images here: Investigators Are Looking At These Items To Find The Boston Marathon Bomber – Business Insider

    Investigators have several pieces of evidence believed to be part of the homemade explosive devices used in Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon.

    By examining the physical remnants found at the scene and poring through a mountain of photos and video of the event, authorities will to attempt to identify who placed the bombs near the finish line.
    Photos of the crime scene show the remains of a pressure cooker, a shredded black backpack, pieces shrapnel, a battery, and a partial circuit board.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    There are two photos of the lovely young Boston University graduate student who died in this NY Daily News article. Her name is Lu Lingzi. She has been missing since she was last seen standing at the finish line with her two friends. One friend is in the hospital and the other was not injured.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    The family of young woman from Medford and Arlington Krystle Campbell was initially told that she had survived, but when they went to the hospital, the person in the bed was Krystle’s best friend Karen. Karen had been carrying Krystle’s identification. That is how they learned of their daughter’s death.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    The horrible treatment that a young Saudi student faced after being wounded at the Boston Marathon.

    A twenty-year-old man who had been watching the Boston Marathon had his body torn into by the force of a bomb. He wasn’t alone; a hundred and seventy-six people were injured and three were killed. But he was the only one who, while in the hospital being treated for his wounds, had his apartment searched in “a startling show of force,” as his fellow-tenants described it to the Boston Herald, with a “phalanx” of officers and agents and two K9 units. He was the one whose belongings were carried out in paper bags as his neighbors watched; whose roommate, also a student, was questioned for five hours (“I was scared”) before coming out to say that he didn’t think his friend was someone who’d plant a bomb—that he was a nice guy who liked sports. “Let me go to school, dude,” the roommate said later in the day, covering his face with his hands and almost crying, as a Fox News producer followed him and asked him, again and again, if he was sure he hadn’t been living with a killer.

    Why the search, the interrogation, the dogs, the bomb squad, and the injured man’s name tweeted out, attached to the word “suspect”? After the bombs went off, people were running in every direction—so was the young man. Many, like him, were hurt badly; many of them were saved by the unflinching kindness of strangers, who carried them or stopped the bleeding with their own hands and improvised tourniquets. “Exhausted runners who kept running to the nearest hospital to give blood,” President Obama said. “They helped one another, consoled one another,” Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, said. In the midst of that, according to a CBS News report, a bystander saw the young man running, badly hurt, rushed to him, and then “tackled” him, bringing him down. People thought he looked suspicious.

    Heartbreaking and shameful.

  7. JJ Lopez Minkoff,
    Thanks for a lighter story… The bras story reminded me of Beaches:
    Beaches – Otto Titsling

  8. bostonboomer says:

    President Obama and lots of Congresspeople are getting suspicious letters and packages. The one addressed to Obama tested positive for ricin.