A great American author writing perhaps the best essay written on our National Pastime. In the true spirit of Muse172, here I find myself fascinated with something that I would think I have little fascination with – sports. But the author’s craft is exquisite and I find myself rereading John Updike writing about Ted Williams.
Stands the Test of Time.
I had a discussion with a friend of mine a few years ago about our ability to preserve a record of society’s works today versus thousands of years ago. First, watch this brief description of the Law Code Stele of Hammurabi. Now compare that diorite tower written with cuneiform and to the floppy disk I found in a cupboard yesterday. As things now stand, will our time be referred to in the future as a “Digital Dark Age”? Want a real life example of the power of preservation? Read here.
You’re an Animal.
The more I Muse on the connection between human and veterinary medicine the implications keep coming. But what I like best is the full circle that could be coming to a close, as there was a time that MDs and DVMs were often one and the same. Start here with an article recommended to me about young horses and autism. Continuing along that train of thought, I found Zoobiquity: you can download and read the first chapter here.
This Means War.
Required reading for military strategists the world over, On War by Carl von Clausewitz. Here is a man who can “really suck you into an inescapable conceptual gravity well”. Well, we are just Musing for twenty minutes so let us start with this interview with Cristopher Bassford, a noted Clausewitz scholar. Be sure to watch the Crimson Tide video embedded in the interview. Want more? It’s not very reader friendly but gave me lots to Muse on: download this presentation by Christopher Bassford and Col. B.A. Andrews titled The Relationship between Political Objectives and Military Objectives in War.
A few things to Muse on here and much to hear. I choose first the power of referencing other’s original content. You must know I’m a big fan. And Tchaikovsky knows what inspires. In the 1812 Overture he uses the language of music to tell a story of the Battle of Borodino and the Russian triumph over the French. How? By referencing a Russian Orthodox hymn, a Russian Imperialist anthem, the French National Anthem and a Russian folk dance. Give a listen to the Overture. If you like, you can then listen to the works referenced. Then listen again. Second Muse: How does one judge his own work? Does self-opinion matter? Read the story behind the piece as well as Tchaikovsky’s own opinion of this work.