Sunday, March 26, 2017

Anthony Kronman, The Sage of Yale Law School: 'A Born-Again Pagan'

PaganThe New Yorker, The Sage of Yale Law:
Anthony Kronman, age seventy-one, may be the world’s most fulfilled man. A professor at Yale Law School for thirty-eight years, he has a happy marriage and four children. He swims a mile every day and is an expert fisherman with rod and spear. He lives in an impeccably decorated house worthy ofArchitectural Digest. He has written six books, about law, legal ethics, and education, and, last year, published his seventh, an eleven-hundred-page exploration of his personal theology, called Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan [Yale University Press 2016]. By integrating the ideas of many of the world’s great thinkers—Aristotle, Aquinas, Augustine, Spinoza, and others—he has found “a third way, beyond atheism and religion, to the God of the modern world.” He suspects that he might have found the meaning of life.

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He has dined with everyone from Nazi criminals to the cream of British society; from rock’n’roll royalty to eminent philosophers. He has lived all over the world and known spies and traitors. Some say he would have made a successful intelligence agent himself.

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“Michael [Collins] has too much talent to succeed as a crime writer,” wrote William O’Rourke. “He doesn’t possess the fatal lack of talent required. America really doesn’t possess enough of a literary culture anymore to maintain a writer like Michael.”
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Culture Trip – “Language evolution is like biological evolution – it happens minutely, generation by generation, so there’s no distinct breaking point between one language and the next language that develops from it. Therefore, it’s impossible to say that one language is really older than any other one; they’re all as old as humanity itself. That said, each of the languages Here has a little something special—something ancient—to differentiate it from the masses.”

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LEGENDARY NEW YORK DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST JIMMY BRESLIN DEAD AT 88. In his introduction to his mid-‘70s anthology on the New Journalism, Tom Wolfe credited Breslin as being a key player in that form’s early days, when Breslin stumbled upon the opinion columnists’ equivalent of the discovery of fire:
The Herald Tribune hired Breslin to do a “bright” local column to help offset some of the heavy lumber on the editorial page, paralyzing snoremongers like Walter Lippmann and Joseph Alsop. Newspaper columns had become a classic illustration of the theory that organizations tend to promote people up to their levels of incompetence. The usual practice was to give a man a column as a reward for outstanding service as a reporter. That way they could lose a good reporter and gain a bad writer. The archetypical newspaper columnist was Lippmann. For 35 years Lippmann seemed to do nothing more than ingest the Times every morning, turn it over in his ponderous cud for a few days, and then methodically egest it in the form of a drop of mush on the foreheads of several hundred thousand readers of other newspapers in the days thereafter. The only form of reporting that I remember Lippmann going for was the occasional red-carpet visit to a head of state, during which he had the opportunity of sitting on braided chairs in wainscotted offices and swallowing the exalted one’s official lies in person instead of reading them in the Times. I don’t mean to single out Lippmann, however. He was only doing what was expected of him . . . [ellipses in original — Ed.]

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Every single human soul has more meaning and value than the whole of history. 
— Nikolai Berdyaev, born around this date in 1874

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How The Soviets Recruited Ernest Hemingway

“Why did Soviets focus on Hemingway? He first caught their attention in 1935 by writing for the far left American journal New Masses. His article was an angry denunciation of the U.S. establishment for leaving a large group of veterans, at work on government relief, to die in the path of a hurricane that struck the Florida Keys that year. Then, during the Spanish civil war, he came into contact with Comintern agents, Soviet spies, and communist guerrillas. They intrigued and captivated him, all the more so because they were fighting for a cause that had ignited his passion

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 Dublin: A Portrait (Harper & Row, 1967), an oversize album of photos by Evelyn Hofer, with text by V.S. Pritchett ... Hofer remains, as photographers should, out of her pictures. Her interest is the real, not the self. Note  Vrbov cemetery like photo “Gravediggers, Glasnevin.” Czech sic out  Joyce’s death mask.

In most such books, the text is an afterthought, filler, but Pritchett’s prose rivals Hofer’s photos for memorability. Here he welcomes you to the book:

“Dublin as it is; Dublin as it was. I must declare my interest. It is very personal. If I were to write an account of my education the city of Dublin would have to appear as one of my schoolmasters, a shabby, taunting, careless, half-laughing, reactionary.”

Publishers Are Newly Buoyant As London Book Fair Opens

“While it was too early to tell at this year’s book fair, more than one publisher was whistling a happy tune as they entered the Olympia exhibition centre on Tuesday. With print books having a higher average price point than ebooks, and with a weaker pound benefitting exporters – German publishers in particular bought big this year – the mood among the hundreds of publishers was optimistic.”

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Principles are good and worth the effort only when they develop into deeds,” Van Gogh wrote to his brother in a beautiful letter about talking vs. doing and the human pursuit of greatness“The great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together.” But what stands between the impulse for greatness and the doing of the “little things” out of which success is woven?

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"The Sage of Yale Law: Anthony Kronman was a university dean. Now he's a 'born-again pagan' who thinks he might have discovered the meaning of life."Joshua Rothman has this post online today at The New Yorker

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Here are the ages you peak at everything throughout lifeScienceAlert (Chuck L). Simpleminded absolute pronouncements like these, particularly based on junk evidence, are a pet peeve: “Some are also surveys, not controlled trials, so there is a possibility the self-reports don’t capture the most accurate picture.” And that’s before you get to sample bias! So forgive my rant. My personal experience regarding bone density and peak strength differs markedly from their proclamations, and I suspect that would be true for other people who weight train hard and regularly.”Finding a partner” is weird too, since people used to marry much younger on average (being single at 25 was way past your sell-by date in the 1950s). So are we to believe all these past marriages were less successful by virtue of bad social conventions forcing people to get married younger than the ideal time range? No, because if you read the underlying piece, it assumes options remain open past age 26 when they didn’t back then. As my mother depicts her college years, dating was a bigger priority then than now for both sexes. Similarly, “life satisfaction peaks at 23” is based on a German survey. Germany has way better social safety nets that the US. The “normal” pattern likely has to do with getting independent as an adult and having a sense of possibilities before you. That isn’t the case with young Americans these days outside the elites. I bet you’d find a very different result if you surveyed a decent sample of Americans.

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