some links on vacation


We made it to the cabin. It’s nice that we have internet (via my Windows phone since it’s the only one that gets a good signal out here). But the water situation is dire. Eileen has told us we shouldn’t count on the pump for laundry and that it could burn it out if the toilet ran too long. Oh well. One can’t have everything. It is relaxing here nonetheless.

David Bromwich · The World’s Most Important Spectator: Obama’s World · LRB 3 July 2014

Discouraging litany of politics in the USA these days. Clear headed. Fun fact the author points out: How Ted Cruz physically resembles Joe McCarthy.


Covering New War, in Shadow of Old One –

Public Editor reminds me of how unreliable the Times can be.

The Pulitzer Prizes | Works

Link to the Washington Post Articles about Dick Cheney which led to the book, Angler.

The latter book is cited as one of the best about the former vice president.

Speaking to My Father in a Dead Dialect –

I love these well written stories about how language affects lives.

Morning Phase by Beck 

Beck album released in February of this year. I’m listening to it right now with my ear buds on Spotify.

Inequality Is Not Inevitable –

Final article in The Great Divide series the NYT has been running. Some excellent conclusions and recommendations by a Columbia professor and Nobel Laureate.

Revelry in Sarajevo, Where Shots Started a World War –

Very odd celebrations of the event that kicked off the Word Wars of the last century.

Creeping Up on Unsuspecting Shores: The Great Lakes, in a Welcome Turnaround – 

Very quick rise in the water level in the Great Lakes. Scary.

Last Tango in Halifax – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Brother Mark recommended this series to Eileen and me. He and I watched the first episode and I think he may be right that Eileen will like it.

Then there’s


The link is to the PBS site where the first episode is currently available online.

Again mentioned by Mark I think. Also read an article in the NYT about it.

‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ Has Changed a Lot in 200 Years –

Fun facts about the national anthem including the fact that the composer of the tune is now known.


Another recommendation from Mark.

Watch Orphan Black Online


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