"Nothing was ever in tune. People just blindly grabbed at whatever there was: communism, health foods, zen, surfing, ballet, hypnotism, group encounters, orgies, biking, herbs, Catholicism, weight-lifting, travel, withdrawal, vegetarianism, India, painting, writing, sculpting, composing, conducting, backpacking, yoga, copulating, gambling, drinking, hanging around, frozen yogurt, Beethoven, Back, Buddha, Christ, TM, H, carrot juice, suicide, handmade suits, jet travel, New York City, and then it all evaporated and fell apart. People had to find things to do while waiting to die. I guess it was nice to have a choice."
- Charles Bukowski "Women"
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo EmersonRead More
"My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt."
Happy Birthday, Anna Sewell, the author of Black Beauty.
March 30, 1820 (Great Yarmouth, UK) - April 25, 1878
“Life provides material for its agitation which makes its general views comprehensible to the masses.” - Karl Radek
Karl Radek was a prominent figure of the Communist International (Komintern or III International).
Born in Ukraine in 1885, Karl Radek was a revolutionary. He joined Lenin during his exile in Switzerland ; after the October Revolution, he came back to Russia and became Vice-Commissar for Foreign Affairs. In 1920, he became the Secretary of the Komintern. A political opponent of Grigori Zinoviev, he was ousted from the Executive Committee of the Communist International in 1924. A supporter of Trotsky, he was seen with suspicion by Stalin, and was expelled from the Party in 1927. However, he regained a political influence in the early 1930s, becoming Stalin's foreign policy advisor. He collaborated in the preparation of the Soviet Constitution in 1935, but the following year he was charged with treason in Stalin's Great Purge, and sentenced to imprisonment. He disappeared in 1939, while in prison.
The document is a reproduction of a photo made by photographer V. Shabel'skii.
“What greater gift than the love of a cat.” - Charles Dickens
Happy 123rd Birthday, to John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. Born January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa.