The Marianne Moore that survives in the popular imagination is dignified, white-haired, and demure; she lives with her mother until her death; she maintains meaningful friendships with fellow poets but never marries. This biography, the first written with the support of the Moore estate, delves beneath the surface of this calcified image to reveal a passionate, canny woman caught between genuine devotion to her mother and an irrepressible desire for personal autonomy and freedom.
The totalitarian attempt at global conquest and total domination has been the destructive way out of all impasses. Its victory may coincide with the destruction of humanity; wherever it has ruled, it has begun to destroy the essence of man ... it is also true that without it (totalitarianism)we might never have known the truly radical nature of Evil. -Hannah Arendt, a german philosopher, on the The Origins of Totalitarianism
The great author/speaker/humorist Mark Twain was born today 11-30 in 1835. I know my world would not have been as rich without his wonderful prose. I would be hard pressed to even pick a favorite. He passed in 1910.