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Date: 2015-02-14 02:45
Subject: Mr. Turner
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Tags:art, britain, history, movies
Mr. Turner covers the later part of the life of English artist JMW Turner, from the 1820s to his death in 1851. It is a long movie, 2 and a half hours. It has been attacked by IMDB commenters as being too long and boring and having no plot. But I loved it. I'm not going to go into any details, you will just have to see the movie yourself. This was my favorite kind of movie, a long, leisurely, documentary-like character study of a historical personage. The art direction and the cinematography (by Dick Pope) were incredible. We see Turner's relationship with his fellow artists like John Constable and with the critic John Ruskin. I found this movie inspiring. People who will find it boring should stay away from it and stick to the latest Hollywood dreck. I find it amazing that movies like this can still be made in an age of short attention spans.
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Date: 2014-01-05 14:27
Subject: The Myth of Western Civilization
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TNC has written a very interesting column:


http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/12/the-myth-of-western-civilization/282704/

I don't know if I disagree with him. I don't know if the arc bends toward justice or if there is an arc. I haven't read Postwar or Bloodlands, but I have read a lot lately about German history, in first real academic excursion into it of any depth. I don't believe in Sonderweg, I don't believe that Nazi Germany was the inevitable result of German history. German history followed a path not all that different from the rest of western Europe. I do know that since 1945, Germany has been a model western liberal democracy. So there is that. Russia is a country that, unlike Germany, has almost no tradition of rule of law or constitutional government.
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Date: 2012-01-13 23:09
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Date: 2012-01-12 23:04
Subject: Brideshead Revisited
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Today the Times had an article on the popularity of "Downton Abbey" and how it's driving viewers into bookstores looking for books on the Edwardian era and the British aristocracy. I have tried watching it a couple of times, but couldn't get into it. One reason I think is I don't need it, because I've already had my Downton Abbey exactly 30 years ago, when in the winter of 1982 PBS showed the Jeremy Irons -Anthony Andrews "Brideshead Revisited" miniseries on American TV for the first time. Coincidentally, that semester I was taking in college a course on 18th and 19th century British history. These two events happening at the same time had a profound effect on me and made me an Anglophile and a scholar of English history. It especially increased my interest in the British aristocracy and their country houses. I was less interested in Waugh's religious theme, and did not like how in the end Charles converts to Catholicism, but that was a minor quibble. Everybody who saw "Brideshead" then knew they were seeing one of the greatest TV programs in history. I have been looking at it recently on Youtube over and over and can't stop watching it. So, who needs "Downton Abbey"? After "Brideshead Revisited", every other British program since, no matter how well made, looks like a pale imitation.
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Date: 2009-06-08 12:07
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Date: 2009-05-04 15:43
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Stephanie.

My girl.

Thank you, sweetheart.

*hug*
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Date: 2009-04-15 10:12
Subject: Aaaaaaargh!!!
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Date: 2009-04-14 16:50
Subject: Obama the pirate-killer
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http://jamiemottram.tumblr.com/post/96079947/obama-the-pirate-killer-in-graph-form
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Date: 2009-04-14 15:24
Subject: Marilyn Chambers dead
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Porn star Marilyn Chambers found dead in L.A. County home

Marilyn Chambers, a former Ivory Snow detergent model who became a porn star, died Sunday at her Canyon Country home. She was 56.

Chambers, whose real name is Marilyn Ann Taylor, was found unresponsive at 8:51 p.m. at her residence it the 16000 block of Vasquez Canyon, said Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Ed Winter. The cause of death is under investigation but foul play was not suspected and an autopsy is pending.

Chambers became a pop culture phenomenon when she gave up work as a model advertising Ivory Snow laundry detergent to star in the X-rated "Behind the Green Door" in 1972.

The movie also sparked a buying frenzy on boxes of Ivory Snow soap, then graced by Chambers' angelically complexioned face.

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Date: 2009-04-10 09:35
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