An abundant famine
boils me in my soul’s fevered fields,
and this strange waterless boiling
startles the image in my poem
I watch the new-living picture,
a peerless rose
blush across the page!
But barely has she first breathed
when streaks of smoke begin
to obscure her face and fumes
consume her perfumed skin.
Marie Kondo and her tidying enemies: ““I was always more comfortable talking to objects than people,” she told me.”
On the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles, James Glenday tells the story of his family's wartime hero.
Fromelles: One man's story of Australia's darkest day
What Is a Constant Cycle of Violent News Doing to Us? Nothing good. I always say that if I ever quit blogging, it’ll be because I can’t take following the news anymore. It’s depressing.
Dark side to NSW politics: Eddie Obeid and son Moses charged over $30 million coal deal
Duncan v ICAC
Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go
— Jean de La Fontaine, born on this date in 1681
The Strand was founded in 1927 when Fred’s father, Benjamin Bass, a son of Lithuanian immigrants, became enamored of books during his lunch breaks from a fabric store job on Fourth Avenue, then known as Book Row, and decided to open his own bookstore.
Strand's literary quiz
To be 50 is to feel like an old coin: "worn – worn down and worn out.” Or so memoirists of a certain age tell us. When did midlife become a problem to be solved?... MEdiaDragon
The adage “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” has significantly more weight in this 21st century world of busy-ness
WSj com: “Every day, countless people seeking digital directions on their computers and smartphones are diverted to an isolated spot on the Atlantic Ocean, 1,000 miles or so off the coast of Africa, where the Prime Meridian and the equator intersect. It’s called Null Island. This lonely way station in the Gulf of Guinea…is…one of the most-visited places in the world
If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.
My Surreal Vienna:
It’s easy to get in a tangle writing guidance for GOV.UK. Usually, it’s because too many people want too many different things from one piece of content. As a content designer, you need to know how to manage this.
Melbourne: Rare Books Week
Panama Papers: India IT deparment approaches a dozen nations to widen probe
You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love...
8 questions that will sharpen a story idea
As is now well known, the Chilcot Report on the British Government’s planning, execution and aftermath of the Iraq war provided a scathing critique of almost every aspect of the Prime Minister’s and government’s conduct. There is one facet of this deplorable episode that has not yet received any adequate consideration in the Australian media. This concerns the politicisation of the process that led to the UK Government’s conclusion that the war was lawful.
The best and the brightest. Congresswoman Corrine Brown And Chief Of Staff Charged With Fraud Scheme Involving Bogus Non-Profit Scholarship Entity (US Department of Justice). The Florida Democrat allegedly believed charity begins and ends at home:
“Congresswoman Brown and her chief of staff are alleged to have used the Congresswoman’s official position to solicit over $800,000 in donations to a supposed charitable organization, only to use that organization as a personal slush fund,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell.
“Her eyes were dark. Dark as chocolate, dark as cofifee, dark as the polished wood of my father’s lute. They were set in a fair face, oval. Like a teardrop. Her easy smile could stop a man’s heart. Her lips were red. Not the garish painted red so many women believe makes them desirable. Her lips were always red, morning and night. As if minutes before you saw her, she had been eating sweet berries, or drinking heart’s blood. No matter where she stood, she was in the center of the room. Do not misunderstand. She was not loud, or vain. We stare at a fire because it flickers, because it glows. The light is what catches our eyes, but what makes a man lean close to a fire has nothing to do with its bright shape. What draws you to a fire is the warmth you feel when you come near. The same was true of Denna.” ~ Patrick Rothfuss on Malchkeon
A group of Indian mountain climbers took fact-checking into their own hands after hearing some suspicious stories from two fellow climbers. We can all learn something from their methods
Some Parliamentarians have been something of a mystery to many of crown employees. Most Werr larger than life in my memory, half disguise and half cautionary tale ...
How Other People Influence You and Why That’s Ok
In his latest book, Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior, Jonah Berger, a marketing professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, discusses the ways in which our behaviour is shaped by others and examines our constant struggle to be optimally distinct—not too different and not too similar.
We can get rid of the Hitlers and the Himmlers, but not the Speers Corey Robin
endless .... The relationship is symbiotic, fruitful, and fraught. The possibilities for bruised feelings are, of course,
Iris Scans, Palm Prints, Face Recognition Data, and More Collected From Millions of Innocent Citizens – “The FBI, which has created a massive database of biometric information on millions of Americans never involved in a crime, mustn’t be allowed to shield this trove of personal information from Privacy Act rules that let people learn what data the government has on them and restrict how it can be used. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed comments today with the FBI, on behalf of itself and six civil liberties groups, objecting to the agency’s request to exempt the Next Generation Identification (NGI) database from key provisions of federal privacy regulations that protect personal data from misuse and abuse. The FBI has amassed this database with little congressional and public oversight, failed for years to provide basic information about NGI as required by law, and dragged its feet to disclose—again, as required by law—a detailed description of the records and its policies for maintaining them. Now it wants to be exempt from even the most basic notice and data correction requirements…”
Schooled in both Aquinas and Marx, Last Revolutionary Judgement remains the best advertisement for articulate argument and trenchant literary judgment...
Early in the Alcatraz Cellhouse Audio Tour, my wife pointed out one of the pictures in D-Block: right next to people imprisoned for narcotics offenses, conspiracy to kidnap, and murder was Mickey Cohen, in Alcatraz for tax evasion Al Capone at Alcatraz ...
Via Motherboard: “Activists have downloaded nearly 100 years worth of TIME magazine issues from the publication’s paywalled digital archive and dumped them all online for anyone to grab for free. “It was possible and seems worthwhile,” Michael Best, a freedom of information activist who obtained the files, told Motherboard in an online chat. In a statement published along with the files, Best wrote, “They’re a useful research tool with a lot of historical news and cultural information. They should be freely viewable online as they would in a well-stocked library, however most libraries lack this complete a collection of TIME Magazine back-issues.”
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