Aug 9 2016

Quotable: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“To the King’s favor quite restored again,
Reynard sets forth with all that lordly train,
Upon his pious journey to be shriven,—
Much the same road that Lawyers go to Heaven;—”

—from Reynard the Fox

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Jul 31 2016

Aeschylus

“Valerius Maximus wrote that he [Aeschylus] was killed outside the city by a tortoise dropped by an eagle which had mistaken his head for a rock suitable for shattering the shell of the reptile. Pliny, in his Naturalis Historiæ, adds that Aeschylus had been staying outdoors to avoid a prophecy that he would be killed by a falling object.”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeschylus

This event was cited in N.D. Wilson’s quite enjoyable Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken World.

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Feb 2 2016

Carl Trueman & Aimee Byrd on Boredom

CARL: When you say that you’re bored what do you mean by that? Are there are no libraries to go to? Are there no have books to read? Are there no languages to learn? Are there no places to visit?

AIMEE: I know when my kids say, ‘I’m bored,’ that means they don’t have access to entertainment.

CARL: Boredom seems to me to be the luxury suffering of the overstimulated middle class.

More at the Mortification of Spin podcast

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Apr 20 2015

Quotable: Alister McGrath

Cultural assimilation is all too often the prelude to ecclesial extinction.” — from Heresy!

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Feb 27 2015

chromatical book stacking

Dr Ray Stantz: “Symmetrical book stacking. Just like the Philadelphia mass turbulence of 1947.”
Dr. Peter Venkman: “You’re right, no human being would stack books like this.”
–Ghostbusters, 1984

Last Saturday Heather and I went to Excelsior Springs to kick around some antique shops and flea markets. We have found in our travels that you can categorize these shops in one of the following:

  1. Antique Shops–they have antiques, and sometimes other random things.
  2. The Savoy–they have antiques, and usually have names that are prefixed with ‘The’–The Blackthorn, The Pristine. These places are very expensive.
  3. Flea Markets–a little bit of everything, priced anywhere from bargains to way too much
  4. Junk shops–the prices don’t even matter, the place is full of junk

One of the places we went to was large and full of stuff, but another shopkeeper had given us the heads up that we should expect some “hoarder tendencies.” Turns out he was right–it was a junk shop extraordinaire. There were several rooms entirely sorted by color and material: teacup room, blue glass room, red glass room, white glass room, wood and brass room.

As we neared the end of our tour of this shop, I was, naturally, drawn to the books. At first. Then I decided I didn’t really want to sort through them. Now, there are different ways of sorting books: Dewey Decimal, Library of Congress, alphabetical by title, author, or genre. But this was entirely new to me:


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I have often wandered into a bookstore and the owner is like, “What can I help you with?” And I’m like, ya know, I’m kind of looking for something…orange to read.”

 

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Jan 29 2015

“Sorry to burst your pig bladder!”

The best possible closer to an already interesting article at NPR on the surprising success of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s autobiography, published last year.

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Jan 9 2015

Quotable: John Piper on William Mackenzie

“…a lover of books and a lover of people. That’s an unusual combination, you know. Most people who are bookish don’t like people–they just tolerate them.”

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Aug 17 2014

Review: Would It Kill You To Smile?

51VXRM8GN1LI didn’t even make it through the first two chapters.

The characters and their relationships to the narrator are hard to keep track of, and the book might just have the most unlikeable protagonist since Drumline. I paid a quarter for the book, and sadly, I overpaid.

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Feb 18 2014

Pine Martens

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In  An Innocent in Scotland, the author describes the scene from one of the bed and breakfasts he lodges at:

‘On a lamp table in the dining room there’s a little stuffed [taxidermied] animal, some kind of weasel sitting there with a little bushy tail and the sweetest look on its face.

“Who shot that little fellow?”

“That cute little fellow ate my hens,” said Louise. “And what’s more, he also ate my pet duck.”

“What was your pet duck’s name?”

“McDonald.”

“Nice name.”

“It was a nice duck, but it met a bad end.”

“How did this tragedy come about?”

“These little pine martens, they go into the hen house and they kill for the sake of killing. After all the hens are dead they go.They don’t even eat them. Same with my pet duck. These are murderous little varmints — these pine martens are the Nazis of the animal world.”‘

David McFadden in An Innocent in Scotland, p. 150

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Feb 6 2014

Quotable: J. B. Morton

“Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done.” from Rex v. Sussex, though I first heard it in the 1985 movie The Black Arrow, based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novel of the same name.

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