Links, 7/11

  • Of course I’m feeling guilty as hell today that I’m not getting enough done and not keeping up with those I care for well enough. So the first thing I need to read when I get online is John McCain’s account of what the Vietnamese did to him; yes, you should read this, it isn’t just gripping but quite frankly amazing. To quote McCain from the article: I remained in solitary confinement from that time on for more than two years. I was not allowed to see or talk to or communicate with any of my fellow prisoners. My room was fairly decent-sized—I’d say it was about 10 by 10. The door was solid. There were no windows. The only ventilation came from two small holes at the top in the ceiling, about 6 inches by 4 inches. The roof was tin and it got hot as hell in there. The room was kind of dim—night and day—but they always kept on a small light bulb, so they could observe me. I was in that place for two years.
  • Ario has this poem by Rilke up I can’t make head or tail of. There’s a translation of it and I’m just reading that over and over. I don’t know the classics quite grip as Apollo’s torso does…
  • I never thought seeing tea bags being put together could be so enticing.
  • This article on heroism, community and our flawed heroes today is worth a read.

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