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NOW! Look Great for these Last Few Weeks until Election Day!

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Wear proudly! Speak Boldly!  Beat the Dealer!

You can never wear too many hats. Well, not at these prices in your choice of color. FREE SHIPPING. Costs less here than at the rally!

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Williamstown Bank not a “Safe Place” for a meeting …

I thought it would be a safe place for my group to meet. Our group is Us Guys Who Think We Are Funny and Can Get Away With It.

Imagine my chagrin when someone crashed our meeting. Well, Mr Bozo, you certainly hurt our sense of identity. But I was able to make a Quick Change of location. Such are the risks of pioneering new thought.

That’s Ray Goulding of Bob and Ray as the guard.

I thought if Trigger Warning worked, I could get away with Safe Place.

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Trigger Warning!

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Those hooves could injure a young mind with unwanted ideas.

And as for Roy… well, just look at that hat and bandana!

YOU ARE WARNED!

 

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Most Pro-Hockney Eph?

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When you are older, you realise that everything else is just nothing compared to painting and drawing.

David Hockney

Outlandish rubbish or the musing of one who has earned this view?

I know that Ephs hold varying views on this iconic artist.

His latest show 82 Portraits and a Still Life at the Royal Academy has an excellent catalogue for those like me who number themselves in the Pro-Hockney camp. Yet even I see the difference betewwn the portraits done in a speed test to make a point and the more thoughtful and insightful Hockney Portraits exhibition of 2007 at the Royal Portrait Gallery.

Given the exposure to art and art history of many readers of this blog, perhaps the number of comments can equal or exceed those under Most Pro Trump Eph?, now numbering 82 (a happy coincidence).

I’ll be looking for you, John C Drew, Ephalum, and dcat!

 

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A small-town newspaper appeals to our Representative in Congress:

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http://www.hoodrivernews.com/news/2016/aug/20/no-trump-what-greg-walden-should-say/

Keep in mind there is a major difference in politics between Eastern Oregon and Western Oregon. Hood River is in the Cascade Mountains buffer zone between the green and population of Western Oregon and the high desert and ranches of Eastern Oregon. Twenty miles west is Cascade Locks in a temperate rain forest, twenty miles to the east is The Dalles and the start of cowboy boots.

I am amazed and delighted this 2x/week, advertising-dependent print medium took such a stand. What is going on with your local paper?

 

I am reserving the right to edit a post I have made as I see fit. My intent was to point out this newspaper occurrence and to ask if anyone had seen something similar. My intent was not to provide a springboard for the usual suspects to spew forth their usual dismal prose.

There are enough springboards for this type of speech present on the blog. I simply want my observation to stand alone.

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Alt Right Trump CEO Wears Hair Over Left Eye …

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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/08/17/alt-right-rejoices-at-trump-s-steve-bannon-hire.html

… now if Steve Bannon could be convinced to wear a small mustache …

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Atrocious

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The only acceptable prejudices at Williams are against rich people and white people.

What would have been the Administration’s reaction to a tweet by a student which replaced “white” with “black?”

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It has happened here …

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At the Hood River, OR railroad station, 9:40 AM. May 13, 1942.

All with Japanese ancestry board for travel to internment camps.

One particular story:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minoru_Yasui

On November 16, 2015, President Barack Obama announced that Minoru Yasui would receive a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.[2] The Medal was presented to Lori Yasui in a White House ceremony November 24, 2015.

See also my comment #8 under ‘Hillary’s web of Promises. A touch of harsh reality seems necessary sometimes in these prolonged intellectualized discussions of issues.

 

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Rechtal Turgidley Jr, my old roommate, offers a philatelic observation …

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This early AM, a motorcycle with sidecar arrived at my front door with considerable clatter.A leather glove appeared attached to a messenger from an S&M-inspired delivery service. It was a letter from Quark Island, ME, the home of my old roommate Rechtal Turgidley, Jr.

Here are the contents:

Swart (he begins),

I listened on the radio to the speech of the Republican candidate last evening. I was re-examining certain Slovenian “chainbreaker” stamps from the first 1919 issue for perforation anomalies prior to a lecture I have been invited to give.

I knew I had heard this oratory style before and in fact that it connected to a particular commemorative sheet i had tucked away under  “One-Man Shows”.

Here it is. The issue is in celebration of A. Hitler’s 48th birthday. The cancellation date is the 20th of April, 1937. The very day indeed.

I have appended a translation. Some may question my use of “audacious” instead of “heroic”. “Audacious” contains the meaning of “new”, and ‘first-tried’ and ‘not yet tested’. This seems so much more descriptive of the man and the oratory than the rather dusty “heroic”.

I rather enjoyed being a Rockefeller Republican.

In the bonds, Beat Amherst and all that,

RTJr

 

 

 

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Williams thoughts from the 60th …

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… working on some thoughts of the campus*. Son and daughter came with me.. More fleece vests with numerals and a cow for all. I can only hope that all classes have the same spirit and conviviality that the Class of 1956 has. I did manage a short 7 minute stand-up at the Saturday night dinner to the amusement of  a few but the amazement of all.

Some readers may recall Will Slack ’11, a constant commenter here in the day. He made his way into the dotage of the Rogerson lunch in which Tink Campbell ’56 was awarded Joseph’s coat, to find me. A very nice man. I introduced him to son Garret as they seem to share that special level of computer nerddom (in the best sense of the word).

And I interested our only classmate member of ASCAP in trying his hand at a new Williams song. I was disappointed in the winner of the recent contest. I just got his lyrics and they are quite a different  and positive perspective of the Purple Valley and Mount Graylock. I am looking forward to hearing the music.

As an aside, I did observe that the spirit of the reunion was quite positive and fun-filled. Not like the acerbic observations and divisions which seem to proliferate on Ephblog. Here’s hoping that the Center for Disease Control can keep this virus isolated to this url.

Beat Amherst!

 

• i come late to the party …
http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/308502-taking-an-art-class-at-age-81-34/?p=3628150
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David and Dudley and Field, Oh My …

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Brick bats being thrown at this distinguished member of the Class of 1825.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Dudley_Field_II

http://chapin.williams.edu/collect/field.html

I saw him at Reunion and he looked well, considering.

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Parade more fun than Parsing …

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Class of 1956 has great 60th reunion! Col. Williams Mural in full glory at The Log. Historically more questionable mural of Col Williams being tackled by Red-Coated Villain Lord Jeffrey Amherst and black-vestured John Wesley more problematic!

Campus in full glory. “Buster” Grossman ’56 leads singing of The Mountains at the Rogerson Lunch the way it should be sung … with gusto!!

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Trump You! No ‘finesse’ necessary …

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… for those looking for more/less Trumpery comment. Fill in your own details/spin. Comments are unnecessary either way.

Poor Dave! Be-do/Be-don’t. I add this note of sympathy since my name is still on the masthead. Hoping to see you and other ’57/’58 grads at Reunion.

I wonder if Trump U will have reunions at court sessions?

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Reunion, President Garfield’s 160th, and an interesting list …

Yes, I am packing my requisites including purple boxers from Brooks Brothers (XL)  for the events of next week.

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The number nine refers to an estimate of IQ.

In 2006, University of California at Davis psychology professor Dean Simonton completed a comprehensive study examining the “intellectual brilliance” of 42 US presidents. The top 15 who appear on this list were compiled by Libb Thims — an American engineer who compiles high IQ scores as a hobby — using the results of Simonton’s study.

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-15-smartest-us-presidents-of-all-time-2015-3?op=1

This would have been President Garfield’s 160th reunion. I will see that he is remembered.

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Outside Stereo Speaker …

… can address one issue in two directions!

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Purple …

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Speaking of Presidential …

Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 11.22.25 AMThe Boston Globe, which I am sure must be read by some of a Williams persuasion, published this fancilful front page on Sunday.

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Matthew 7:16

See the whole page …

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2797782/Ideas-Trump-front-page.pdf

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Just a moment of relief …

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…. as you continue the five days of Dudley Finance Contemplation while worried that your name may pop up on the Panama list.

Is that Sarah with the rifle from American Sniper ? What a break for us that cows don’t run wild in the Alaska hinterland!

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Wasn’t there a dictionary in Chapin?

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1942 Movie may be of interest …

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Help Wanted : Strongman. Apply within …

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Run large country. No experience necessary. Interested applicants will have successful media background.

 

An interesting view of us from the UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dominick Dunne ’49, the Mayor of the OJ Courtroom

Dominick Dunne, Williams Class of 1949, was awarded the Bicentennial Medal in 1999.

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This is the closing line of the tribute to him:  “May your remarkable skills as social anthropologist long continue to reveal the rights and wrongs of a society still groping to find its moral bearings.”

In 1995 Dominick Dunne covered the OJ Simpson trial for Vanity Fair magazine.

And what coverage it was …

If O.J. Simpson’s murder trial took place today, a perpetual stream of social-media updates from the courtroom would alert us to everything from the defense attorneys’ outfits to the most shocking moments on the stand.

In 1995, when the trial actually happened, we had none of that. Instead, we had Dominick Dunne.  

In the new FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, actor Robert Morse plays Dunne to perfection.

In the 15 years since the trial, we have learned many things about common police handling of blacks from harassment to the horrific use of deadly force. Perhaps it is easier now to understand, if not agree with, the black reaction to the ‘not guilty’ verdict.

Some of this process of obtaining new wisdom may apply to the many column inches of deconstruction and parsing currently running on Ephblog … there is a value to the simple humanity of trying to understand another’s point of view.

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A curious thought …

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… I wonder what the quality and quantity of the blog correspondence under various postings would be if the exchanges had to be made with pen and ink and sent through the mail …

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From August, 2008 … Even more timely.

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Williams Welcomes Anti-Semitic Speakers

Professor Vijay Prashad is a virulent anti-Semite.

Prashad recently joined the Geobbels-esque choir chanting their latest popular “Palestinian children were killed in cold blood” refrain.

Typically, these catchy tunes list names of Palestinians killed in the act of stabbing, shooting, or running over Jews.

Prashad’s own list, published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, named six individuals—one who is decidedly NOT dead, four who were killed-while-killing or trying to kill, and one who child who was an adult caught in the crossfire between a terrorist and police.

One does not have to be a news junky to know that the Palestinians that have died in the recent terrorist wave are not being “killed in cold blood.” The US media has reported clearly on the causality of these events.

Hence, when Prashad blatantly lies about his own list and later about “over 150” Palestinians, he is demonizing the Jewish state and thus fanning the flames of anti-Semitism among Gazette readers—and likely on Trinity College campus where he is employed and on any campus he visits as a speaker.

And one of these campuses was Williams College.

Granted, that was back in 2010. However, Williams has invited other speakers more recently that are part of the tidal wave of anti-Semitism that is crashing across college campuses.

Just last semester, for example, the college hosted Remi Kanazi who denies Jewish right to self-determination. Kanazi poeticizes about segregated bus (no such thing), hundreds of Israeli checkpoints (there are 13), and other fabrications in order to falsely associate Jewish society with apartheid. And Kanazi dreams of day when “Zionists” will cower.

This dreck arrived on campus and was not banned.

President Falk appears not to even have bothered to identify Kanazi’s fabrications as hate speech or condemn it as anti-Semitism.

So President Falk’s decision to ban Derbyshire from campus, of course, begs the question:

Should Williams deny a racist’s right to free speech (Derbyshire) but support that of an anti-Semite (Kanazi/Prashad)?

Is there one standard for African Americans and other groups and another for Jews?

And if the president desires to “protect” students, should he not protect ALL students?

Or none.

Certainly, to protect some groups and not others IS bigotry.

And so, should we not be objecting to this double-standard?

And if we do not object, are we not ourselves accomplices to bigotry?

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Star Wars Week: Episode 4

For our fourth installment of Star Wars Week at EphBlog, we look at some of the expertise and opportunities at Williams to study, well, not Star Wars, but its influences.

Williams is well-supplied not only with expertise in Star Wars matters, but in the influences that helped shape Star Wars as well.

If you’re a Star Wars fan, you probably know that R2-D2 and C-3PO owe their existence and role in the story to Akira Kurosawa’s film The Hidden Fortress. And for those with an interest in Kurosawa, Professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature Christopher Bolton teaches COMP/JAPN 153: Japanese Film, which was offered to Williams students this fall. (A 200-level version of this class has been offered previously). Or, for students on campus for Winter Study, Robert Kent ’84 has taught a series of Winter Study classes based on Aikido. Some of these courses, such as 2013’s PSCI 16, Aikido & The Art of Persuasive Political Speech, have featured a Kurosawa component. And in the not-too-distant past (most recently, Spring 2011?), English Professor Lynda Buntzen taught ENGL 404, Auteur Cinema and the Very Long Film. One presumes that the film viewing took place outside of class! And then there’s John Sayles ’72, who was, in part, set on the course to his storied directorial career under the guidance of English Professor Charles T. Samuels. Professor Samuels reportedly introduced Sayles to international film, including Kurosawa.

Another great influence on George Lucas was The Searchers, the underpinning of Luke’s journey in Star Wars. This film was centrally featured in the Spring of 2015 in Professor Mark Reinhardt’s syllabus for American Studies 201: Becoming and Unbecoming Americans: An Introduction to American Studies. The film kicked off one of the course’s three units: “Cartographies of Citizenship,” serving as an appropriate gateway to, among other things, Frederick Jackson Turner, Plessy v. Ferguson, and Kanye West. Relatedly, before entering journalism and then embarking on a series of perhaps-fictional adventures around the globe, Adam Bloch ’06 authored an honors thesis on Revisionist Westerns and U.S. History, under the guidance of Karen Merrill, in which he analyzed The Searchers (and other great, revisionist Westerns) with remarkable insight. And director John Ford’s work is featured as an influence in ARTS 315, Realisms.

Finally, in building the mythological structure of the Star Wars universe, Lucas drew heavily on the work of Joseph Campbell, the American mythologist. Evans Lansing Smith ’73, chair of the Mythological Studies department at Pacifica Graduate Institute, is one of the preeminent scholarly experts in Campbell, and editor of the recent Campbell collection Romance of the Grail. Another Eph who has written about Campbell is Samira Martinhago Custodia ’13, whose honors thesis, Dystopia Dreaming: Examining Gender and Heroines in Young Adult Dystopian Literature, places its analysis in the context of Campbell’s hero and myth archetypes.

Addendum: It’s well-known that Lawrence of Arabia was also a major influence on Star Wars (all that sand!), but I don’t have anything to write about from an Eph perspective. If anyone has any ideas, let me know in the comments!

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PLEASE STAND BY

Major Infrastructural Changes Planned for Weekend; Long Outages Possible

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War

We are at war. So far away for some… but still, but still…

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Please Stand By

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