Saturday, December 28, 2013

Extraordinary Discourse 153

Bit Of A Melange

But to live variously cannot simply be a gift, endowed by an accident of birth; it has to
be a continual effort, continually renewed.
Zadie Smith,
Speaking In Tongues

General Abner Doubleday wrote to Bachelder in this chastened spirit five years after the
congressional appropriation: "It is difficult in the excitement of battle to see every thing going on around us for each has his own part to play and that absorbs his attention to the exclusion of every thing else. People are very much mistaken when they suppose because a man is in a battle, he knows all about it."
Gettysburg Regress
By John Summers
New Republic