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Three Unrelated Things [May. 16th, 2018|04:07 pm]
Tony Grist
1 The fifth anniversary of our move to Kent went by earlier this month without us noticing. Ailz still looks up the weather forecasts for Oldham- partly because her mother still lives there and partly because it's gratifying to see how much warmer and drier we are down here.

2 There's a Royal Wedding coming up at the end of the week. It's all over the media. My mother is sitting in front of an afternoon TV show in which Michael Buerk talks about royal cakes. Once upon a time I'd have relieved my feelings with a little light satire, but I'm tired of satire. It achieves nothing. Dictators hate it- because paranoia goes with the job- but when has it ever affected anything in a democracy?

3 Tom Wolfe has died. His most important work was done in the 60s and 70s and his most famous work in the 80s. At his peak he may have been the best writer in America. He wrote about hippies and astronauts and yuppies- and other quaintly amusing historical types. What a long time ago the 20th century is.

[User Picture]From: sylvanwitch
2018-05-16 04:37 pm (UTC)
On the subject of number three above, I heard a radio host doing a segment on the history of a local psychiatric facility this morning, and she said something to the effect of, "The treatments developed in the nineteen hundreds," but by her tone, you'd have thought she was talking about Ye Olden Days, and I sort of rolled my eyes at that. Now, it may be that she was speaking of developments that happened over a century ago, but she behaved as though the 1900s were ancient history, and your last remark above seems particularly timely given her tone.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-16 05:20 pm (UTC)
I like to think of the 20th century as ancient history. It was a pretty rough ride- and we only just managed to get through it without wiping ourselves out.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2018-05-16 06:52 pm (UTC)
The first book I read from Tom Wolfe was Kandy Kolored Tangerine Flake Streamline Baby, a collection of essays, which I found quite amusing at the time.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-16 07:10 pm (UTC)
His best book (I think) is The Right Stuff- the one about the astronauts.
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[User Picture]From: howlin_wolf_66
2018-05-17 12:29 pm (UTC)
5 years?! I would've said it was just over 1... That's slightly discombobulating!

... and yes; I can confirm that you have better weather than Oldham does! :-)
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