War

“War does not determine who is right, only who is left.” (Bertrand Russell) The saying has also been attributed to other famous people including Andrew Carnegie or Winston Churchill, and it comes in a few variants: • “The atom bomb will never determine who is right — only who is left.”• “War never decides who… Read More War

George Harrison

I look at the world and I notice it’s turningWhile my guitar gently weepsEvery mistake, we must surely be learningStill my guitar gently weeps “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (1968) George Harrison was born on 25 February 1943, according to his birth certificate and his death certificate However he recognised that date as his birthday… Read More George Harrison

Tautogramma in Ⓕ

Il Tautogramma (gioco linguistico in cui tutte le parole del testo iniziano con la lettera, tranne articoli e preposizioni) proposto questa settimana Eletta Senso – Inchiostronerodenso – riguarda la lettera Ⓕ come FebbraioEcco la mia proposta. Francesca faticò a finire le faccende, fatte con fiacco fervore.Furtivamente fantasticava favoleggiando fastose feste, felici follie, fiabe con fate… Read More Tautogramma in Ⓕ

Winds of War

“The cause of war is preparation for war.” So said W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (American civil rights activist, sociologist, educator, and writer) born on this day, Febuary 23, 1868. He wrote this in his literary work “Darkwater” published in 1920 referring to World War 1, and added: “… and of all that Europe… Read More Winds of War

Twosday

Have you noticed that today’s date 22.02.2022 is a palindrome date: it can be read both forwards and backwardsIn addition to this, in the English speaking world there is another peculiarity: whether it is written as 22/2/22 (day-month-year) or 2/22/22 (month-year-day) it does not vary. This is the “Twos Day” which falls on a Tuesday.… Read More Twosday

Evil

“A belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.” ~Joseph Conrad “Evil is not something superhuman, it’s something less than human.” ~Agatha Christie but fortunately: “No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.”(⇐ “Nulli sunt… Read More Evil

Audre Lorde: “A Litany for Survival”

American writer Audre Lorde served as New York State Poet from November 1991 until her death from breast cancer in November 1992.In designating her as such, then-governor Mario Cuomo praised “her sharp sense of racial injustice and cruelty, of sexual prejudice… “ In her acceptance speech, Lorde replied :“I accept this award in the name… Read More Audre Lorde: “A Litany for Survival”