The Allegorical Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I with Father Time at her right and Death looking over her left shoulder. Two cherubs are removing the weighty crown from her tired head.
Unknown artist, circa 1620.
I merely say that all reading for pleasure is escape, whether it be Greek, mathematics, astronomy, Benedetto Croce, or The Diary of the Forgotten Man. To say otherwise is to be an intellectual snob, and a juvenile at the art of living.
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April 1865. “Washington Navy Yard, David. E. Herold, Lincoln assassination conspirator.”
This 22-year-old accomplice of John Wilkes Booth was executed by hanging on July 7, 1865.
Glass negative by Alexander Gardner.
In My Studio, Evelyn Nesbitt, Tired Butterfly, by Rudolf Eickemeyer, 1909
César Vallejo, “Heights of the Principal Mountains in the World; Lengths of the Principal Rivers in the World,” from Victorian Infographics and Comparative Perspectives
Reproduction implies the existence of discontinuous beings…Each being is distinct from all others. His birth, his death, the events of his life may have an interest for others, but he alone is directly concerned in them. He is born alone. He dies alone. Between one being and another is a gulf of discontinuity.
Georges de la Toure, La série “Borges”
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