Eupheresthai

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  1. Unless you want to end up in jail, reading about the behavioural issues of the ancients is the best intoxicant.
  2. I've been an Evelyn Waugh fan since my late teens. I thought I'd read everything when about a year ago I came across a volume about his African trips. It's not the well known When The Going Was Good, but a more journalistic report about the British African colonies, complete with photos. It must have been published in the Fifties. The Aerodrome sounds interesting. I'll have to keep an eye out for a copy. I highly recommend an occult author named Henry Green. I call him occult because he's never taken up by the academics, but he's reprinted every twenty years or so. He wrote about the Thirties and Forties and was part of the Waugh Generation, but lived a life removed from the literary scene. I think his output was only nine or ten, but he never repeated himself thematically. His first work has a number of stylistic affectations, but he drops thems. His writing is crystalline. Loving, Living, and Party Going are the most popular of his novellas. He wasn't Catholic, but he was a borderline eccentric. One of his novels is exclusively about a very poor industrial worker family, no rich people in it at all. Another is about London firemen during the Blitz.
  3. I have a volume put out by Penguin before the use of the ISBN called Selected Essays by George Orwell. I realized, after reading those, how key he was to the intellectual developement of several of my high school teachers. I'll have to google the ones you mention. I'd love to read more. Some author's pieces from that era haven't been reprinted in decades. I'm thinking specifically of Evelyn Waugh's Life of Edmund Campion and his satirical novel about Helen the mother of Constantine. It seems strange that Black Mischief is still in print, but not those two.
  4. I don't want to cramp anyone's style, but I stayed on Facebook during the election season because I felt it was an obligation for me to do so as someone who has studied classical democracy and classical philology. It just seems like that's one of the things I'm supposed to do with my degree. I'm not alone. There is a young man with first rank academic credentials in classical studies running for state rep in Michigan this year as an independent. I forget his first name, but the family name is Arnold.
  5. Some many people I now know use Facebook, that it seems impossible to do without it. I know what you mean though. I just stopped responding to anyone who made an ad hominem remark. The election season on Facebook has actually proven to me how prophetic George Orwell was, both in his novels, and his essays.
  6. I've learned while on Facebook that you can help them by asking frank, direct, and obvious questions, the ones the disinformers specifically avoid answering or addressing in what they write.
  7. You're blessed to have survived intact, physically and mentally, as you probably realize. Many times that prescence of imminent death never leaves people.
  8. Lol. I did a fair amount of that, not so as I'd forget, but maybe just a bit regret. I didn't try any of that until college though. I bet basic training set your gyroscope straight again.
  9. There's a lot of that going around, some of it in accredited scholarly circles. I've heard one writer ask why people shouldn't believe her unsupported claims, lol.
  10. My impression from my teachers in the Eighties was that this had already been accomplished by humans.
  11. I've seen this story elsewhere. It seems to really justify the feelings of those of us who like to rummage around in the past.
  12. Yes, the sensationalism in a lot of fields leads to destructive hopes and speculations. Still, if you have the time you can weed through the information and find a picture which is more accurate than the predominant paradigm wants you to know. Archaeologists often jump to unjustifiable conclusions, no doubt in the service of getting funding, yet even baseline interpretations of their findings can considerably fill out and adjust those interpretations of the past which have been handed down merely by tradition.
  13. Yes, well, people like to romantize some of the things they find.
  14. Hi, Where is there a blog on the Facebook page? I looked for one, but couldn't find it. I like the things you've been posting there lately. I sometimes repost and have gotten comments.

  15. I'm really surprised no one posted about Aristotle's supposed tomb. It was news to me when it came up on Facebook. Maybe it's old news to some. I feel bad for the people working on it. It must be very frustrating to have all the indications, but no smoking gun.