History

America Is Very Good at That


That Saturday morning, as I lay there waiting, the house was empty and had been for a while, apart from my inflato-mattress and the furniture the buyers had bought. I rather liked it. It made me feel monkish. I live in such a clutter of books and things in San Francisco. I would be pleased to live like this, here, through the winter. I would be pleased simply to live here, simply. Or not simply. No one need know I’m here. I’d keep the lights off but for a small reading lamp. I could slip out to the 24-hour A&P up by the high school in the middle of the night. I like 24-hour supermarkets at 3 a.m. I like them more than museums. America is very good at that sort of thing.

Chord

Princess Sparkle Pony’s Photo Blog.
Harriet Miers’s Weblog. The Potted Meat Museum. Association of International Glaucoma Societies. “In this frame of mind it occurred to me to put the question directly to myself: ‘Suppose that all your objects in life were realized; that all the changes in institution and opinions which you are looking forward to, could be completely effected at this very instant: would this be a great joy and happiness to you?’ And an irrepressible self-consciousness distinctly answered, “No!” At this my heart sank within me: the whole foundation on which my life was constructed fell down.” — John Stuart Mill. Classic Hawaiian music. September 10, 2005 was World Naked Gardening Day. RogerART.com. Franz’s website. INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY WEBSITE. One Global Communty. The Tax History Museum. Improv Everywhere. The Official Flat Stanley Project.

Texts

Terry Eagleton reviews Robert O. Paxton’s The Anatomy of Fascism. Devon Largio’s “Uncovering the Rationales for the War on Iraq: The Words of the Bush Administration, Congress, and the Media from September 12, 2001 to October 11, 2002″ (Senior Honors Thesis, Political Science, University of Illinois, 2004). Readprint.com: a library of texts. Introductory Statistics: Concepts, Models, and Applications, by David Stockburger. Structured Procrastination, by John Perry. David Rey’s Darwinian Poetry Project. A collection of eyewitness accounts.

Photography

Soviet war photography at Howard Schickler Fine Art. A Mike Disfarmer gallery. Five thousand photographs by Bret Wallach. Photos of occupied Japan. The Bush asshole mosaic and the Ashcroft porn mosaic. The Bush dead soldier mosaic. Photos of derelict London and Britannia Moribundia. Rob Dobi’s photos of New England ruins. Some Japanese ruins. Photos of the ice-encrusted Sir William Alexander. Shaun O’Boyle’s ruin photography. Mark-Steffen Göwecke’s photos within photos.

Texts

The US Constitution, heavily annotated, at the University of Chicago Press. A collection of historical anarchist texts. Patrick O’Brian sites: The Gunroom and Maturin’s Medicine. A lace of hyperlinked words at Blather. Bluebook, a legal citation stylesheet. Worldofquotes.com. Garret Hardin’s “Lifeboat Ethics: the Case Against Helping the Poor” (1974). “With his blue ox, Emily Dickenson, Walt Whitman traveled across young America and helped the nation grow into the angry powerhouse it is today.” Wikipedia.