Wednesday, August 24, 2016
He was a born columnist – keen to tell people what to think, and very good at expressing it in 800 words"
--- George Brock, former managing editor at The Times, about Michael Gove, in "A Leaver's lesson in political justice" by Henry Mance, The Financial Times, 2/3 July 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
--- Xavier de Maistre, "Voyage Around My Room" (1794)
Heading north from my armchair, we discover my bed, which sits at the back of the room and creates a most agreeable perspective: it is most felicitously situated, receiving the morning sun's first rays as they shine through my curtains. . . . ls there any theater that better quickens the imagination, that more effectively awakens thoughts of tenderness, than the piece of furniture in which I sometimes find oblivion? . . . And it is in this cradle of delight that we forget, for one half of our life's duration, the sorrows of the other half.—Yet what a host of thoughts both pleasant and sad rush all at once into my brain! What a bewildering mix of frightful and delightful situations! A bed witnesses our birth and it witnesses our death: it is the ever-changing theater where the human species enacts, by turns, . . .