Both art and faith are dependent on imagination; both are ventures into the unknown.
— Denise Levertov, born in 1923
It's not evil that's ruining the earth, but mediocrity. The crime is not that Nero played while Rome burned, but that he played badly.
— Ned Rorem, born in 1923
I did not imagine I would be so enthralled by a show about a young woman playing chess in the 1960s. But that woman is Anya Taylor-Joy, who has been fantastic in everything I’ve seen her in since The Witch (I uh, skipped New Mutants), and the story is based on a book by Walter Tevis, a fantastic author.
Queen’s Gambit is indeed great on its own merits. It’s a smart, well-told story and Taylor-Joy is fantastic as Beth Harmon, a chess prodigy who learns to play from the janitor in her orphanage and takes those skills all the way to Moscow to play the world’s best Grandmaster by the time she’s 20. This, sadly, is not a true story, but it’s a great one all the same.
Very few people really care about freedom, about liberty, about the truth, very few. Very few people have guts, the kind of guts on which a real democracy has to depend. Without people with that sort of guts a free society dies or cannot be born.
— Doris Lessing, born in 1919
Xi Jinping says China ‘determined to defeat invaders’ in Korean war anniversary speechSouth China Morning Post
OpenStack at 10 years old: A failure on its own terms, a success in its own niche The Register. Read all the way to the end.
Kyrgyzstan Sets New Polls as New PM Reassures Russia Agence France Presss
Battle for borshch: Ukraine lays claim to soup dish amid identity war with Russia The Atlantic Council. Now they’re just trolling us
Hold Your Lugnuts: A Right to Repair Automotive Opera in Seven Scenes Dig Boston. Right-to-repair is covered regularly at NC. See, e.g., here, here, here, and here
Sharks Wash Up on Beaches, Stabbed by SwordfishNew York Times