Sunday, July 2, 2017

July 2, 2017

Perfect score !

My blog notes say I read it but I don't recall. I liked the author's George Washington bio. This is in preparation for the play in Chicago.

This is the book in my library, perhaps I confused it with the Chernow book. Chernow's book is a lot bigger, over 700 pages to Brookhiser's 217.

Here's something from the play:

"The ten-dollar founding father without a father
Got a lot farther by working a lot harder
By being a lot smarter By being a self-starter
By fourteen, they placed him in charge of a trading charter."

As good a biography on Machiavelli as any I've read, and I've read at least three. Great insertions of quotes during different phrases of his life. You really get a sense that irony was more present in his writings than you would think.

Just in time for my trip: Packing Tips.

I forgot I had a classic margarita glass.

From Wiki:
"Bread and circuses" (or bread and games; from Latin: panem et circenses) is metonymic for a superficial means of appeasement. In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the generation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion; distraction; or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace, as an offered "palliative". Its originator, Juvenal, used the phrase to decry the selfishness of common people and their neglect of wider concerns. The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the commoner.

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