Sunday, June 28, 2009


The New York Times commemorates two anniversaries today.

Frank Rich celebrates Stonewall. The entire column is great, but here is the end:
"It’s a press cliché that “gay supporters” are disappointed with Obama, but we should all be. Gay Americans aren’t just another political special interest group. They are Americans who are actively discriminated against by federal laws. If the president is to properly honor the memory of Stonewall, he should get up to speed on what happened there 40 years ago, when courageous kids who had nothing, not even a public acknowledgment of their existence, stood up to make history happen in the least likely of places."

And Ray Robinson remembers Lou Gehrig's resignation from baseball. This is the text of Gehrig's farewell, courtesy of this site:
"Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.
Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn't consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I'm lucky. Who wouldn't consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball's greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I'm lucky.
When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift - that's something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies - that's something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter - that's something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body - it's a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed - that's the finest I know.
So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for."

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Thursday, June 25, 2009


I waited a long time to find this third umbrella. And then I spent forever trying to find these very very very old links. I especially like this Victorian postcard depicting life before widely available, affordable, and legal birth control.

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Monday, June 22, 2009


I think I've posted about how much I love Weegee before, but hearing his voice is awesome. Peter Sellers based his Dr. Strangelove accent on Weegee's, which this blog describes as "part Austro-Hungarian immigrant by way of the Lower East Side and part Elmer Fudd."

Most people seem to like the murder Weegee photos, but my favorites are the sex ones.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009


Paige from Degrassi and Mia from Taking the Stage

Star Trek Enterprise by Amanda Vissel and Chris Craft Wooden Boat

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Dress yourself

I want this dress.
Mostly because of this show.

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Sunday, June 07, 2009

Fan of Maurice Sendak

I listened to a really charming interview with Maurice Sendak on Fresh Air the other day. I highly recommend it. Two highlights: first, I hadn't heard about his collaboration with Tony Kushner to create Brundibar. Sendak gave an incredible account of both the book itself and his own family's experience in escaping the Holocaust. Second, Sendak said that he no longer does book signings or school appearances because they make kids so miserable. It's really funny and also a bit sad. Listen here. Picture from here.

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Link Attack!

My brother's impressive video of a grass-roots organization in IN.
Errol Morris explores forgery. See pic above.
A kids' book list.
A really crushing assessment of Tiller's murder.
Nesting dolls in danger.
Vampires saving humans from zombies.

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