Barthelme, whose father was a modernist architect, spoke of Le Corbusier's "not insignificant totalitarian bent".... Le Corbusier had a hostility to the messy urban street so violent that, the architect Michael Sorkin suggests, it "can only be explained by psychoanalysis."
--Ned Beauman in article on Jane Jacobs in the U.K. Guardian
Long, long, long after the poets are gone their songs are still alive in the streets Absent-minded, crowds of people sing them, not knowing the name of the author not knowing who makes their hearts beat so fast sometimes people change a word or a phrase and when they can't think they go la la la la la la la la la la la la
Long, long, long after the poets are gone their songs are still alive in the streets One day, perhaps, long after me one day they'll sing this tune to comfort some sadness or some piece of luck will it give an old beggar a living? will it put a child to sleep? will it whirl along the water in spring from the airwaves?
Long, long, long after the poets are gone their light soul and their songs which make people gay, which make people sad girls and boys bourgeois and artists or vagabonds
--Charles Trenet (1913-2001), beloved French singer. You can hear him singing the song here.
Longtemps, longtemps, longtemps après que les poètes ont disparu leurs chansons courent encore dans les rues La foule les chante un peu distraite en ignorant le nom de l'auteur sans savoir pour qui battait leur cœur parfois on change un mot, une phrase et quand on est à court d'idées on fait la la la la la la la la la la la la
Longtemps, longtemps, longtemps après que les poètes ont disparu> leurs chansons courent encore dans les rues Un jour, peut-être, bien après moi un jour on chantera cet air pour bercer un chagrin ou quelqu'heureux destin Fera-t-il vivre un vieux mendiant ou dormir un enfant? Tournera-t-il au bord de l'eau au printemps sur un phono?
Longtemps, longtemps, longtemps après que les poètes ont disparu leur âme légère et leurs chansons qui rendent gais, qui rendent tristes filles et garçons bourgeois, artistes ou vagabonds.
In the deepest hour of the night, confess to yourself that you would die if you were forbidden to write. And look deep into your heart where it spreads its roots, the answer, and ask yourself: "Must I write?"
At this moment, there are more females serving on the United States Supreme Court than there are writing for Late Show with David Letterman, The Jay Leno Show, and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
combined. Out of the 50 or so comedy writers working on these programs,
exactly zero are women. It would be funny if it weren’t true.
I took Scully's course because I was too intimidated to take a history
course in the History department. I was shocked to see only a dozen
students at the final exam; everyone else in the crowded Law School
auditorium was just visiting. Somehow he made great architecture
important and accessible.
--A classmate on the Yale listserv, on legendary lecturer Vincent Scully (1920- ), the architectural historian who is "maybe the greatest lecturer Yale has ever seen."
(To me it's no accident that he's Irish. The name Scully comes from Ó Scalaidhe, derived from sceulaidhe, a hereditary story-teller, and I suspect that "sceulaidhe" in turn is related to the Viking word skald, or bard; the Scullys were found in the neighborhood of the Vikings during the long Norse occupation of Ireland's coasts. The gift of gab, quoi.)
As readers of the volume of letters began to note the unusually amorous tone in some of her brother-in-law's missives to younger men, Alice Gibbens James, steadfast and loyal to the end, wrote to her son: "People are putting a vile interpretation on those silly letters to young men. -- Poor dear Uncle Henry."
Asked earlier this year if he uses a Mac or PC, McCain replied: "Neither. I'm an illiterate who has to rely on my wife for all the assistance I can get." The running McCain-doesn't-get-the-Web meme climbed a steeper hill nearly a month ago when a McCain aide -- his deputy eCampaign director, no less -- told a bipartisan gathering of online political activists: "John McCain is aware of the Internet." And last Sunday, in an interview with the New York Times, McCain said he doesn't e-mail.