Saturday, November 26, 2011


". . .the late Intermezzi of Brahms (Opus 116-118) are magnificent. I have said to all of my close friends that when I leave, instead of the conventional remembrances I would hope that they might listen to Opus 118, #2."


Johannes Brahms

in memory of Theodore Enslin
posted in spirit by
Bob, Susan Arnold & Whit Griffin

photo © whit griffin

Many of us sent books to the Occupy Wall Street library and watched them being destroyed, fascist style, by the New York City police when they moved into break up camp (Zurcotti Park) with orders from the mayor. Those that don't care that much, if at all, for books, chucked them into the trash. Books have always been a direct threat to some (a pity: there is a book for every one) or a gift from the gods. It's tragic how a book can be treated in angry hands. Please read more:

To read well, that is, to read true books in a true spirit, is a noble exercise, and one that will task the reader more than any exercise which the customs of the day esteem. It requires a training such as the athletes underwent, the steady intention almost of the whole life to this object. Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.


Tom Wicker was a great newspaperman. As a young man he was the lone New York Times reporter riding in the motorcade through downtown Dallas on November 22, 1963 when President John Kennedy was assassinated. 48 years later, to the exact same day (Nov. 22, 2011), Tom Wicker passed away in Rochester, Vermont at age 85.