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Topic: Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (1930)
Posted: Monday, February 17, 2020 11:53:09 AM
Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (née Grasemann) was born in South Woodford, Essex (now Greater London) on 17 February 1930.
She was an English author of thrillers and psychological murder mysteries.
Baroness Rendell received many awards, including the Silver, Gold, and Cartier Diamond Daggers from the Crime Writers' Association, three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America, The Arts Council National Book Awards, and The Sunday Times Literary Award. A number of her works have been adapted for film or television. She was also a patron of the charity Kids for Kids which helps children in rural areas of Darfur. There is a blue plaque on one of her homes, 45 Millsmead Way, in Loughton. This was unveiled by her son, Simon on 24 February 2016.
She had a stroke on 7 January 2015 and died in London on 2 May 2015 aged 85.
Topic: Bertolt Brecht (1898)
Posted: Monday, February 10, 2020 2:45:49 PM
"... he displayed his hostility toward capitalism..." but immigrated to the U.S., a capitalist nation. Interesting.
Topic: The idea had got into his mind that he would some time die unexpectedly and always when he got into bed he thought of...
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 6:35:29 AM
When Sherwood Anderson submitted his manuscript of Winesburg, Ohio to a publisher it had a different title; he had named it The Book of the Grotesque. Although the publisher changed the name of the book, he left the title of the Introduction the same, so Winesburg begins with a sketch that is not about Winesburg or George Willard, but about the concept of the grotesque.

The sketch describes an elderly writer who hires an old carpenter to raise his bed somehow so that as he lies there he can look out the window. The old carpenter tells the writer of his experiences in the Civil War and, as he talks, he begins to cry. The weeping old man is ludicrous, yet he reminds the writer of the many sad people whom he had known during his lifetime. He realizes that all of them are grotesques and he decides to write about them. He explains their grotesqueness by suggesting that each of them seized on one truth and tried to live by it, but the truth which each embraced became a falsehood.

In this introductory sketch, Anderson suggests one of the unifying devices of the book which is to follow — for most of the characters of Winesburg are grotesque, or distorted, in some way. Like the carpenter, each seems eager to tell someone about himself and each of them often chooses young George Willard because he is a writer of sorts (a reporter on the town paper) and he intends to become a fiction writer as soon as possible. This sketch, like many of the stories, takes place in a room, a symbol throughout the book not of security and warmth but of isolation and entrapment. We notice, however, that the old writer is providing his room with a view, perhaps symbolizing the author's ability to escape his own isolation and see more than most humans can see. It is interesting that Anderson himself had his bed raised so that he could look out at the Loop in Chicago.

This sketch, like the stories that follow, is told by the omniscient author, presumably Anderson, who talks occasionally to the reader. Here he says, for example, that he saw the old writer's Book of the Grotesque and he comments, "By remembering it I have been able to understand many people and things that I was never able to understand before." Similarly, if we keep in mind this concept of the grotesque we will be able to understand the many unusual characters that Anderson describes in Winesburg, Ohio.

Topic: The idea had got into his mind that he would some time die unexpectedly and always when he got into bed he thought of...
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 6:27:46 AM
Excerpt from "Winesburg, Ohio" (The Book of the Grotesque), 1919.

Topic: The Business Plot
Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2019 7:30:58 AM
"(...) deindustrialization can cause widespread joblessness and poverty in industrial cities like Detroit, Michigan, the onetime "automobile capital of the world." What percent of the city’s population lives below the poverty line?"

I just could not find this part...Eh?
Topic: King Oedipus
Posted: Friday, November 29, 2019 6:14:41 AM
Oedipus complex, in psychoanalytic theory, a desire for sexual involvement with the parent of the opposite sex and a concomitant sense of rivalry with the parent of the same sex; a crucial stage in the normal developmental process. Sigmund Freud introduced the concept in his Interpretation of Dreams (1899). The term derives from the Theban hero Oedipus of Greek legend, who unknowingly slew his father and married his mother; its female analogue, the Electra complex, is named for another mythological figure, who helped slay her mother.

Freud attributed the Oedipus complex to children of about the ages three to five. He said the stage usually ended when the child identified with the parent of the same sex and repressed its sexual instincts. If previous relationships with the parents were relatively loving and nontraumatic, and if parental attitudes were neither excessively prohibitive nor excessively stimulating, the stage is passed through harmoniously. In the presence of trauma, however, there occurs an “infantile neurosis” that is an important forerunner of similar reactions during the child’s adult life. The superego, the moral factor that dominates the conscious adult mind, also has its origin in the process of overcoming the Oedipus complex. Freud considered the reactions against the Oedipus complex the most important social achievements of the human mind.

Topic: Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.
Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:16:36 AM
True. Money and power corrupt the senses and souls of the unwary.
Topic: There are two good things in life, freedom of thought and freedom of action.
Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019 9:59:58 AM
True, but both imply consequences (especially freedom of action).
Topic: Feast of St. Frances Cabrini
Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 12:42:43 PM
Simply put, a holy woman. The world needs more people like her...
Topic: Iran Hostage Crisis Begins (1979)
Posted: Monday, November 4, 2019 3:21:40 PM
I remember watching the 2012 film "Argo"... Although it included a number of non-historical elements, I enjoyed it.