The Sloppy Mermaid

Saturday, June 24, 2006

'Reading Leo Strauss'

'Reading Leo Strauss' - New York Times:
"No one can be a Straussian who does not fundamentally love to read."

Sunday, June 18, 2006

A vine romance

A vine romance - Books - Times Online:
"Looked at like that, Parker doesn%u2019t seem promising biographical material "a ribald sense of humour" and a collection of "tasteless Washington jokes" not withstanding. But that third passion, which he discovered when he was 20, changed the course of his life and, over time, the lives of millions of other people in America and way beyond. The seminal event was a trip to France (in pursuit of Pat, who was studying there). Arriving in Paris, he drank French wine for the first time. The food and culture were a revelation, too, but it was the wines he substituted for his usual Coca-Cola that really fired his imagination.
Since then - and Elin McCoy takes us step by step through college wine-tasting groups, the founding of his journal The Wine Advocate and his famous 100- point scoring system - Parker has become the most powerful wine critic in the world. Perhaps he is even more than that. Some people say he is the most powerful critic of any kind because none in any other field has a global influence. When Parker pronounces in The Wine Advocate on an individual wine or the wines of a region or those of a particular vintage, the world listens and markets respond. Prices move and wines sell - or not if they have displeased the mighty palate."


Wikipedia:Disambiguation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:


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Trouble Spots - New York Times:
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'Betraying Spinoza'

'Betraying Spinoza,' by Rebecca Goldstein - The New York Times Book Review - New York Times:
"Spinoza, though the Oxford philosopher Stuart Hampshire found in him a prophet of what we now call 'science,' has confused many others who also exalted him. Novalis and Coleridge found in him the 'God-intoxicated man'; Shelley, however, discovered in him another inspiration for his essay 'The Necessity of Atheism.' Shelley was right (as almost always). Spinoza is the death of Biblical Revelation, as was Hobbes. Blake's negative litany 'Bacon, Newton and Locke' could also have been 'Spinoza, Hobbes and Christiaan Huygens,' the Dutch astronomer who preferred lenses ground by the meticulous Spinoza.Leo Strauss (never to be confused with our plague of his disciples' disciples) implicitly manifested a distaste for Spinoza, in surprising contrast to his high regard for Machiavelli."

Monday, June 12, 2006

Middle East Times

Middle East Times: "ATHENS - The size of a shoebox, a mysterious bronze device scooped out of a Roman-era shipwreck at the dawn of the twentieth-century has baffled scientists for years. Now a British researcher has stunningly established it as the world's oldest surviving astronomy computer. "

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Sir Tom Stoppard

Telegraph | Opinion | Profile: Sir Tom Stoppard :
"When Harold Pinter was lobbying to have London's Comedy Theatre renamed the Pinter Theatre, Stoppard wrote back: 'Have you thought, instead, of changing your name to Harold Comedy?' His liking for Lady Thatcher appears to have a theatrical as well as ideological dimension, for he saw in her radicalism the seeds of great drama. 'In the period before the arrival of Mrs Thatcher,' he once said, 'politics had been in such low esteem. Everything was so hedged, so mealy-mouthed. Then along came this woman who seemed to have no manners at all and said exactly what she thought. Everyone's eyes were popping and their jaws were dropping, and I really enjoyed that.'"