Reading 24-30 March 2013 (ZiR)

abe-lincoln-exploding-lola-dupreReading 24-30 March 2013 (ZiR)

Patrick Rea, MALS Student, Zeteo Contributor

[One in an ongoing series of posts. For the full series see Zeteo is Reading.]

25 March 2013

I’ll quote from a person who knew Lincoln:

I once heard Mr. Lincoln tell an anecdote on Col. Ethan Allen of Revolutionary notoriety which I have never heard from any one besides him and for your amusement I will try and tell it as well as I can. It appears that shortly after we had pease with England Mr. Allen had occasion to visit England, and while there the English took Great pleasure in teasing him, and trying to make fun of the Americans and General Washington in particular. And one day they got a picture of General Washington, and hung it up the Back House where Mr. Allen could see it. And they finally asked Mr. A. if he saw that picture of his friend in the Back House. Mr. Allen said No, but said he thought that it was a verry appropriate (place) for an Englishmean to keep it. Why they asked, for said Mr. Allen their is Nothing that will make an Englishman SHIT so quick as the sight of Genl Washington And after that they let Mr. Allens Washington alone.

* Please excuse any grammatical errors (this is the exact source text).
Found in Abe Lincoln’s Legacy of Laughteredited by Pall M. Zall (The University of Tennessee Press: 2007)

26 March 2013

This excerpt comes from a book written in 1910 by a North American traveler to Brazil. It brings to my mind some of Walter Mignolo’s and others’ theories on the colonization of ‘mapping’ the world (which is also kind of funny):

The vastness of Brazil is not fully realized. The geographical maps of South America are usually drawn on a smaller scale than those of the United States, so it is not generally known that the United States of Brazil are larger than the United States of America…

27 March 2013

Although we may not all agree on what economic or social reforms or decisions are most conducive to a free and prosperous society, we can all probably agree with this quote from a report titled “Work in America,” as cited by the authors Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis in their Schooling in Capitalist America (University of Massachusetts: 2001):

What the workers want most, as more than 100 studies in the past 20 years show, is to become masters of their immediate environments and to feel that their work and they themselves are important; the twin ingredients of self-esteem.

28 March 2013

This is from the very beginning of an English translation of Saint Augustine of Hippo’s Confessions, written in Latin between AD 397 and AD 398 (for English translation click here.) I was inspired to pick this book back up after seeing a recent Italian movie based on Saint Augustine’s life, called “Restless Heart: the confessions of Augustine,” which was actually promoted and shown at CUNY’s Graduare Center by the Department of Medieval Studies:

Then help me, Lord, to recognize and understand what comes first, to call for you before appraising you, or to recognize you before calling for you. Yet how can one call for what one does not recognize? Without such recognition, one could be calling for something else. Or is calling for you itself the way to recognize you? Yet, ‘how shall people call for one they do not believe exists? And how are they to believe it exists if no one proclaims it?’
29 March 2013
Speaking of “interdisciplinary studies,” you CAN be a rock-star, and also an astro-physicist!!! Take it from the great Bryan May, of the group Queen:

Queen guitarist and amateur astronomer Brian May was being awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science today…Although it is guitars rather than stars that May is now famous for, the founding member of the seminal rock group was an accomplished astronomy student at the Imperial College in London.
From The Daily Mail Online news article “Brian May honoured with honorary Doctorate.”


  1. Two things regarding rock-stars and astro-physicists. 1) The GZA is dropping an album with Neil Degrasse Tyson about space. 2) Physicists used to think asteroids were stars, but now know they’re rocks. Just sayin.


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