"During his days as Harvard’s influential president, Dr. Charles W. Eliot made a frequent assertion: If you were to spend just 15 minutes a day reading the right books, a quantity that could fit on a five-foot shelf, you could give yourself a proper liberal education. Publisher P. F. Collier and Son
loved the idea and asked Eliot to compile and edit the right collection of works. The result: a 51-volume series of classic works from world literature published in 1909 called Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf
, which would later be called The Harvard Classics
." (Via) [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Jul 11, 2013 -
Or, why is there still socialism in the United States?
Why, then, would we look for evidence of socialism only where a state seized by radicals of the Left inaugurates a dictatorship of the proletariat? Or, to lower the rhetorical volume and evidentiary stakes, why would we expect to find socialism only where avowed socialists or labor parties contend for state power? We should instead assume that socialism, like capitalism, is a cross-class cultural construction, to which even the bourgeoisie has already made significant contributions – just as the proletariat has long made significant contributions to the cross-class construction we know as capitalism. What follows?
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Feb 13, 2013 -
Meaghan Smith took an unusual route to the music business.
She can't read music, for one thing. She went to school to study animation for another. Yet, along the way, she took her hobby of playing the guitar to work with her, giving impromptu performances of her songs in the stairwell of the animation building for her friends. One thing lead to another, and she just won the Pop Album of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards
in Canada for her recording called "The Cricket's Orchestra."
Her sound is a mixture of the music of the 20s 30s and 40s with the pop songs of today.
Her videos often feature animation. A good place to start is "A Little Love"
and also "I Know."
Her song "Here Comes Your Man"
was featured in the film 500 Days of Summer.
She is also a pretty good artist!
posted by Quasimike
on Jun 2, 2011 -
Beatrice Coron is a paper cutting artist, who has a wonderful collection of paper cutting links, including images of her own work
, the extraordinary cut paper art of Hina Aoyama
, Kako Ueda
, Masaaki Tatsumi
, Virginia Rose Kane
, Drew King
, Rick Jones
, Andrea Dezsö
, Bette Burgoyne
, Justine Smith
and papercutting art from around the world
. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Sep 30, 2007 -
"In January 2005, Mark E. Smith and The Fall (described as 'one of the most enigmatic, idiosyncratic and chaotic garage bands of the last 30 years') were the subject of a BBC 4 TV documentary, The Fall:
The Wonderful and Frightening
World of Mark E. Smith." parts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
posted by item
on Jun 17, 2007 -
There are approximately 81,000 Robert Smiths residing in the United States. Bob Smith USA
appeared at the AFI SilverDOCS film festival yesterday to a sold out crowd.
Bob Smith (New York City) dons his Satan costume to preach the virtues of atheism; Bob Smith (Pennsylvania) puts on his red nose and teaches as part of a Christian clown ministry; Bob Smith (Syracuse) spends his retirement transforming his yard into an oasis of junk; and Bob Smith (Texas) runs for county sheriff.
posted by clgregor
on Jun 18, 2005 -
“I bid you peace…”
Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet
, dead at 65. One of television’s most popular cooking shows throughout the 80s and 90s, The Frugal Gourmet defined the genre. An ordained United Methodist chaplain, Smith lost his PBS show in 1997 after eight men accused him of sexual assault during the 1970s. Denying the allegations, Smith nonetheless settled the cases out of court. Did the Frugal Gourmet do the ultimate shark jump
? Maybe someone should ask Elmo.
posted by wfrgms
on Jul 10, 2004 -