Category Gallimaufry

The Lobkowicz Collections

Inconcussa manet (“It withstands the storm“). –Lobkowicz family motto A sense of responsibility should be […] the foundation of family life. –Václav Havel, Letters to Olga A sense of responsibility not only at the centre of family life, but at the centre of political and cultural life. Havel, a playwright turned-political dissident-turned-president, knew the importance of culpability […]

Community and Mystery: Archimedes and Syfy’s “Eureka”

Although I build you engines new, As to my native city due When foes surround our citadel, These endures not Science well; Not thus, she would freely use Archimedes of Syracuse. He lifts Marcellus’ ships on high, Or fires them with Apollo’s eye. Know, these are mercenary arts- Of Science but the meaner parts- Such […]

Ladies Be Singin’

Just a wild mountain rose, needing freedom to grow  So I ran fearing not where I’d go  When a flower grows wild, it can always survive  Wildflowers don’t care where they grow. –Wildflowers, Dolly Parton Then Miriam, the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out […]

Medical Marijuana in Canada: Resources and Notes

The recent legislation in Colorado and Washington, which permits adults to carry and use small amounts of marijuana, has brought the American “War on Drugs” to a confusing place. In Mexico, where drug-linked violence constantly disrupts life for Mexicans, President Felipe Calderon states that this allowance by the American government restricts their “moral authority” to demand […]

Portrait of an Animal

If oxen and lions had hands and were able to draw with their hands and do the same things as men, horses would draw the shapes of gods to look like horses and oxen to look like oxen, and each would make the gods’ bodies have the same shape as they themselves had. -Xenophanes A […]

How Chekhov Remembered the Forgotten: Sakhalin Island

“Gazing at the opposite shore, I feel that if I were a convict, I would escape immediately, whatever the consequences.” -Anton Chekhov, The Island of Sakhalin, 1895 In 1890 it was not a geographical location Chekhov was trying to flee, so much as a social and literary ennui that had overtaken him. Despite success in […]

I Brought to Art

I sit and muse in reverie. I brought to Art desires and sensations – some dimly envisaged faces and features; some vague memories of unfulfilled affairs. Let me surrender myself to Art; Art knows how to shape the Likeness of Beauty, barely perceptibly enhancing life, blending impressions, blending the days. -I Brought to Art, C.P. […]