5月1:May Day, Joseph Heller, Antonín Leopold Dvořák,湯用彤,胡適日記對辜鴻銘先生的論定

#May is named after the Greek goddess Maia, seen here with flower garlands in this print by Jacobus Harrewyn. The zodiac symbol for Gemini – twins – can be seen in the background http://ow.ly/8Ir030bfL8M


Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn, New York on this day in 1923.
"The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on."
--from CATCH-22 (1961)
Arguably the best novel to come out of World War II, in which Heller strips away the veneer of martial glory to expose its insanity, and gives our language a new paradoxical phrase to describe mankind at the mercy of its own institutions.

Joseph Heller was an American author of novels, short stories, plays and screenplays. His best-known work is the novel Catch-22, a satire on war and bureaucracy, whose title has become a synonym for an absurd or contradictory choice. Wikipedia
SpouseValerie Humphries (m. 1987–1999), Shirley Held (m. 1945–1984)

Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.
He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt.

"You know, that might be the answer — to act boastfully about something we ought to be ashamed of. That's a trick that never seems to fail."
--from CATCH-22 (1961) by Joseph Heller


安東寧·利奧波德·德弗札克捷克語Antonín Leopold Dvořák,1841年9月8日-1904年5月1日)生於布拉格(當時屬於奧匈帝國,現屬於捷克)附近的內拉霍奇夫斯鎮伏爾塔瓦河旁的磨房內,卒於布拉格,是捷克民族樂派作曲家。追隨著民族主義者斯美塔那,德弗札克經常在他的作品中使用摩拉維亞和他的故鄉波希米亞(當時屬於奧匈帝國,現屬捷克)的民謠音樂的風格。德弗札克自己的風格經常被描述為「吸收了民歌的影響並找到有效的方式利用它們,用交響樂的傳統最完滿的再現了一個民族的特色」。[1]其代表作有第九交響曲《新世界交響曲》、《B小調大提琴協奏曲》、《斯拉夫舞曲》、歌劇《露莎卡》。他被認為「可能是他那個時代最多面手的作曲家」。[2]











美軍顧問團在我三軍營級以上編制內,至少派遣一名常駐士官予以「督導」,歷任團長中,以蔡斯任期最長達4年,隨後的13人大都是兩年任期,該團於1976年將團長為兩顆星的少將降階為准將,到了1977年又再調低為上校!末代團長是由空軍上校湯普遜在1978年出掌,此期間,顧問團人數於1951年駐台時只有編制12名軍官在內的33人而已,雖然杜魯門總統曾對蔣家與國民黨政權是毫無好感 ! 除口不擇言公開批評「蔣宋集團一家都是賊」外,還曾經責成國務卿艾契遜發表「白皮書」,竟對蔣介石流亡政權落井下石...!


British Museum
#MayDay is traditionally celebrated with Morris Dancing in some parts of the UK, as shown in this 18th century illustration by Charles Grignion. Dancers often wear bells around their ankles or knees, creating a jangly, jovial spectacle. This drawing was based on an ‘ancient window’ in a house in Staffordshire – now on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Discover more about how this festival has been celebrated over thousands of years: http://ow.ly/5mxK30bfLEK
Opened #onthisday in 1851 by Queen Victoria, the Great Exhibition displayed wonders of industry from around the world and would attract over six million visitors by the time it closed in October.
See stunning images of the exhibits in the Crystal Palace designed by Joseph Paxton http://bit.ly/1VWLb0n



Aug.20; Charles and Ray Eames,

TASCHEN Today, we remember the creative duo of Charles and Ray Eames who died on this day in 1978 and 1988 respectively. May their innovative oeuvre keep on inspiring. tsc.hn/49209fb Reconsidering the work of Charles and Ray Eames, who died #onthisday, exactly a decade apart, in 1978 and '88. Their designs are an instantly recognisable, and Californian form of mid-century modernism, but their relationship to LA was surprisingly ambivalent, as this essay from 2015 explores https://www.apollo-magazine.com/california-dreaming-recons…/ ******

4月18日:George Henry Lewes (1817-1878) : Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)舌辯大師丹諾;Samuel Huntington


For all his long career and prodigious energy he will always be associated with the phrase “the clash of civilisations”. How well does his argument hold up 24 years after he first penned it?

Samuel Huntington was one of America's great public intellectuals The author of "The Clash of Civilisations?" was born on April 18th 1972 ECONOMIST.COM
Samuel P. Huntington - Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_P._Huntington

Samuel Phillips Huntington (April 18, 1927 – December 24, 2008) was an American political scientist, adviser and academic. He spent more than half a century ..

As a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, and in an influential 1968 article in Foreign Affairs, he advocated the concentra

5 月5: Søren Kierkegaard, Karl Marx, The ultimate failure of Napoleon. Bye bye paper fivers; Virginia Woolf's great novel "To The Lighthouse"

Virginia Woolf's great novel "To The Lighthouse" was published #onthisday 5th May 1927. The book includes fictionalised semi-autobiographical reminiscences of her childhood trips to the family house in Cornwall and the characters Mr & Mrs Ramsay are probably partly based on her parents Leslie & Julia Stephen (née Duckworth). Leslie Stephen was President of The London Library for 12 years and Virginia Woolf became a life member 4 days after his death.
To the Lighthouse was one of Virginia Woolf's most successful novels (the proceeds enabling the Woolfs to buy their first car!). 3,000 copies were produced by her Hogarth Press for the first edition. This is one of them from May 1927, and we're very happy to have it!

It's 05.05.17 – the last day you can spend your paper fivers in all shops across the UK.

Bye bye paper fivers: shops to stop accepting old £5 notes New polymer notes featuring Sir Winston Churchill complete their… THEGUARDIAN.COM