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How John Wayne Became a Hollow Masculine Icon - The Atlantic
"Wayne and Ford: The Films, the Friendship, and the Forging of an American Hero By Nancy Schoenberger Nan A. Talese / Doubleday Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart By Scott Eyman Simon & Schuster"
books  review  american-studies  culture  film  cinema  history  20c  biography 
november 2017 by tsuomela
Jeremiah, American-Style | New Republic
"Hope in a Scattering Time: A Life of Christopher Lasch By Eric Miller"
book  review  biography  culture  critique  conservative  liberalism  populism  democracy 
july 2017 by tsuomela
Prophet and Loss | New Republic
Review of Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion by Gareth Stedman Jones.
book  review  biography  marx  19c  ideology  capitalism 
september 2016 by tsuomela
The American Scholar: Letter to Posterity - Arthur C. Danto
By Arthur Danto. "A passion for philosophy led me to my first career, and a passion for art led me to a second, as a critic"
philosophy  biography  autobiography 
november 2013 by tsuomela
[1208.0215] The Making of a Genius: Richard P. Feynman
"In 1965 the Nobel Foundation honored Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Julian Schwinger, and Richard Feynman for their fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics and the consequences for the physics of elementary particles. In contrast to both of his colleagues only Richard Feynman appeared as a genius before the public. In his autobiographies he managed to connect his behavior, which contradicted several social and scientific norms, with the American myth of the "practical man". This connection led to the image of a common American with extraordinary scientific abilities and contributed extensively to enhance the image of Feynman as genius in the public opinion. Is this image resulting from Feynman's autobiographies in accordance with historical facts? This question is the starting point for a deeper historical analysis that tries to put Feynman and his actions back into historical context. The image of a "genius" appears then as a construct resulting from the public reception of brilliant scientific research. "
physics  sts  science  history  biography  genius 
august 2012 by tsuomela
Thatcher, Scientist
This paper has two halves. First, I piece together what we know about Margaret Thatcher's training and employment as a scientist. She took science subjects at school
politics  science  experience  biography  country(GreatBritain)  20c  sts  history 
february 2012 by tsuomela
How Ayn Rand ruined my childhood - Real Families - Salon.com
"Then he discovered objectivism. I don't know exactly why he sparked to Rand. He claimed the philosophy appealed to him because it's based solely on logic. It also conveniently quenched his lawyer's thirst to always be right. It's not uncommon for people to seek out belief systems, whether political or spiritual, that make them feel good about how they already live their lives. Ultimately, I suspect Dad was drawn to objectivism because, unlike so many altruistic faiths, it made him feel good about being selfish."
about(AynRand)  ideology  selfishness  biography 
april 2011 by tsuomela
The 20th-Century Problem: Needell and Biography « Ether Wave Propaganda
In the history of science, the 20th century is unique in terms of the sheer scale, social importance, and intellectual diversity of the scientific enterprise, and the closeness of its relationship to the development and design of technology.  This can create some intimidating historiographical challenges...
The question, though, is whether the local narrative is revealing or reflective. I like to think of the archive as something like a Greek oracle. It always answers no matter what you ask it, and if you get a cryptic answer, you always think it’s an answer to the question you’ve asked. In a sense, the themes highlighted in Berkner’s work are perennial. Any given organizational decision may reflect these themes, without the problems suggested by them necessarily being in the balance.
sts  science  biography  cold-war  history  historiography  proces  methods  style  archive 
september 2010 by tsuomela
The making of Winston Churchill : The New Yorker
Churchill’s real legacy lies elsewhere. He is, with de Gaulle, the greatest instance in modern times of the romantic-conservative temperament in power. The curious thing is that this temperament can at moments be more practical than its liberal opposite, or than its pragmatic-conservative twin, since it rightly concedes the primacy of ideas and passions, rather than interests and practicalities, in men’s minds. Churchill was a student of history, but one whose reading allowed him to grasp when a new thing in history happened.

What is most impressive about his legacy, perhaps, is that he is one of the rare charismatic moderns who seem to have never toyed with extra-parliamentary movements or anti-liberal ideals.
history  politics  biography  britain  Churchill  Winston 
august 2010 by tsuomela
American Authors
Extensive American literature resources, especially before 1900, maintained by Donna M. Campbell.
american  american-art  american-studies  literature  18c  19c  authors  biography  timeline  history 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Contested Will by James Shapiro reviewed by Charles Nicholl - TLS
The authorship controversy is a sorry story, with its core of undiluted snobbery, its self-generating conspiracy theories, its manipulated evidence, its reductive view of plays and poems as fiendishly difficult crossword puzzles. The call for an “open debate” which echoes through Oxfordian websites is probably pointless; there is no common ground of terminology between “Stratfordians” (as they are reluctantly forced to describe themselves) and anti-Stratfordians. As the director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Gail Kern Paster, recently put it, “To ask me about the authorship question . . . is like asking a paleontologist to debate a creationist’s account of the fossil record”. With this inquisitive and open-minded account of the controversy, James Shapiro has done a service to both camps, and indeed to that mysteriously talented glover’s son from the Midlands who is at the heart of it all.
book  review  literature  shakespeare  history  biography  english  poetry  writing  authorship 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Night - The New York Review of Books
I suffer from a motor neuron disorder, in my case a variant of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS): Lou Gehrig's disease.
biography  experience  disability  neurology  diseases  health  essay  autobiography 
january 2010 by tsuomela
Why Neil Armstrong remains an elusive hero - Telegraph
When Neil Alden Armstrong placed his boot on the lunar surface on July 20 1969 he took one small step into immortality, the first human being to touch another world. It was a mythic and insuperable moment, propelling him to global fame, and he has spent the rest of his life dealing with its consequences.
space  exploration  biography  history  personality  profile  moon  lunar  1969  fame 
july 2009 by tsuomela
The ambition of Barbara Hepworth | Art and design | The Guardian
Hepworth was an artist of extraordinary stature whose importance is still to some extent occluded. Over 50 years, from 1925 to her death in 1975, she made more than 600 works of sculpture remarkable in range and emotional force. Her private life was complicated, at times traumatic: two marriages and four children, three of whom were triplets. And there was the long disruption of the war. What makes Hepworth wonderful was the strength of her ambition, the unswerving self-belief. She demonstrated so tangibly her understanding that "the dictates of work are as compelling for a woman as for a man".
art  modern-art  modern  sculpture  biography  review  about(BarbaraHepworth) 
january 2009 by tsuomela
DO THE MATH: 4. An Old Feud
Part of a series on the Young Lions of jazz from the 1980s - Marsalis, et.al. - and their conflict with the free jazz tradition.
music  jazz  criticism  history  avantgarde  chicago  biography 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Morris Louis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Morris Louis (Morris Louis Bernstein) (November 28, 1912 - September 7, 1962) is a United States abstract expressionist painter, one of the many such painters to emerge in the 1950s
wikipedia  american-art  modernism  art  painting  abstract-art  wac  biography  reference 
september 2008 by tsuomela
NNDB: Tracking the entire world
NNDB is an intelligence aggregator that tracks the activities of people we have determined to be noteworthy, both living and dead. Superficially, it seems much like a "Who's Who" where a noted person's curriculum vitae is available (the usual information
people  database  search  research  social  reference  map  biography 
june 2008 by tsuomela

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