Bapton Books Aphorisms Observations on Place and Time: historiography, the countryside, and the writer’s art

Markham haw Pyle !M" "emyss

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MSP, on East Texas:
… East Texas is the (aro"ina )o esternmost extension of the !"d So#th$ %ot the E"dest So#th, the Tide ater of &ir'inia and the (o#ntr*, the "ands of tobacco, rice, and indi'o, b#t of the broad kin'doms of the (otton So#th$ +f *o# fo"d a map of the So#th a"on' the "ine of the Mississippi ri,er, *o# create a s*mmetr* "ike a Rorschach inkb"ot: the co#ntr* at an* 'i,en distance from the ri,er, east or sober tr#th, b#t the oran'e of r#st, est, matches a"most interchan'eab"*$ East Texas is red dirt - not red, in hich it basica""* is, ferro#s oxide - and ma'no"ias and aza"eas and do' oods, o"d fie"ds "on' since cottoned.o#t, far from the Mississippi Ri,er bottom"ands that ere /rich as six feet #p a b#""0s ass0: a "and of ho's and homin*, and a tan'"ed, 'rim past of s"a,er* and se're'ation$ +t co#"d as easi"* be the co#ntr* as far east ards of the Mississippi as it is est: it o#"d fit a"" too readi"* into the area bet een 1randon and Meridian, Mississippi, hard b* the 1ien,i""e %ationa" 2orest$ )ike the rest of the So#th, it possesses hat America as a ho"e does not: histor*, e,en b#rdensome histor*, ori'ina"

sin, the aftertaste of o"d defeat and s eated rebirth$ 3…4 And it is a p"ace the omnipresent here the e,ocati,e can appear aro#nd an* t#rn5 ,isib"e from the hi'h a*, in a c"earin' in oods 6for b* the time *o# reach San 7acinto ith a h#'e si'n o#t front$ ho r#ns ho had (o#nt*, the c"a#strophobic pines, rank #pon rank, hem *o# in comp"ete"*8, is a shot'#n shack +t is painted ith "etterin' "ar'e eno#'h that /he

ma* read,0 and it deno#nces, b* name, a nei'hbor HoNour,’ it reads, fo""o ed b* a fe

apparent"* cheated the resident in some dea"in': /---- Has no stark detai"s$ The mi""enni#m has come and 'one and the o"d tradition of /postin'0 the cheat and the co ard "i,es on, tho#'h the d#e"s and barn.b#rnin's that o#"d ha,e fo""o ed in the o"d da*s are no more, thanks to the ,i'i"ance of sheriffs$ The past and the present interpenetrate in stran'e fashions in 9eep East Texas$ 3…4 And then e are back in An'e"ina (o#nt*, at )#fkin, on :; So#th, ro""in' a"on' past ho#ses that ha,e been roadside "andmarks to me a"" m* "ife, some of them roadside "andmarks to m* father before me, for a"" his "ife5 headin' back to <o#ston$ 1#t that0s the thin' abo#t East Texas$ Red dirt ne,er =#ite ashes o#t, and pine po""en is tenacio#s as ori'ina" sin$ >o# can "ea,e East Texas, for <o#ston, for the Metrop"ex, for the (ommon ea"th, for %e >ork, or 1onn or Tok*o or Ko "oon5 b#t *o# can ne,er =#ite "ea,e it behind$

?M@@ on @intertide and memor*:
… +t is of co#rse a e"". orn Aest to sa* that one or another ith his ins#fficient"* demotic persona'e has stepped do n from this, that, or the other thin' /to spend more time possessions05 after a"", there is an entire po"itica" part* - and se,era" ha"f.ones - de,oted to the po"itics of en,*$ This is rather a si""* dismissa" of an important tr#th, one borne home #pon #s as the inter eather forces #s to sti""ness and ith, hat one contemp"ation: from time to time, it is 'ood for one to sit =#iet"* and be a are of, become reac=#ainted do not in fact possess one$ 3…4 >et it is a"so an #na""o*ed p"eas#re to m#se - and in a ho#se necessari"* o,erst#ffed b* the testamentar* ,a'aries of inheritance in a d*in'.o#t and no "on'er n#mero#s fami"*, there is m#ch to m#se #pon - it is p"easant to m#se #pon hat materia" obAects ha,e to te"" one$ @h*, for examp"e, is it p"easant to the e*e to "ook #pon p"ate and c#p and sa#cer, Rockin'ham and (ro n 9erb*, chaste"* adorned hite and de"icate"* h*, ith banded 'o"d and #nobtr#si,e f"o ers5 possesses - if on"* to make certain that these materia" obAects

#p"iftin' 6in sma"" doses8 to obser,e and respond in a simi"ar manner to the in,ention and craft of the Bimmermans and 1a"thasar %e#mann in pi"'rima'e ch#rches decorated in the essobrunner manner5 and *et, s#rfeit of confectionar* f"#ted pi"asters come to think of it, h* into"erab"e to confront a ithC @h* are hite and 'i"t c"obber in a co""ection

some thrice.damned 'reat.a#nt "#mbered one

ith (orinthian capita"s in a room so h*, o h* is (#,i""iDs0 Ama"ienb#r' so hat0s "eft of

'enera""* satisf*in', from the Pazzi (hape" on ardsC 6And, damned anno*in'C And fashionC8 @h*, a'ain, is it that ("a#de, and sti"" more @attea# and 2ra'onard, fai" to mo,e or to compe" be"ief or to satisf*, hi"st (a"raet and (#*p, &ermeer, and partic#"ar"* (onstab"e, reach one so deep"*C +s it that a horse b* St#bbs or a ha* ain b* (onstab"e, Pa#"#s Potter0s *o#n' b#"" or &ermeer0s p"ain interiors, seem pa"pab"e, a"" s eat and ha* and ri,er. ater, man#re and c"o,er, honest "i'ht and ho#semaid"* bees axC +n reasonab"e and nat#ra" for hat or"d did it come to seem ith ant"ers a""s to ho"d a A#mb"e of can,ases, h*, for that matter, is

%orfo"k <o#se so e=#a""* anno*in', and in the same

"andscapes and portraits, cheek.b*.Tessa0s.Ao "s p"eas#rab"e in in tran=#i""it*C

and sta'0s heads and the tro#t of *ester*earC @h* is it inter to tie tro#t.f"ies and scan seed. cata"o'#es: is this the root of poetr* itse"f, emotion reco""ected

<o

is it that + am 'ratified so 'reat"* b* a sma"" paintin' hich *o# are =#ite "ike"*

- the size of the screen #pon sma"" ch#rch, no

readin' this - b* a friend of m* mother0s, depictin' a ,er* effecti,e"* red#ndant b#t not, e,en no , a meado , ood, ith on"* a footpath b*5 deconsecrated: in a ch#rch*ard that is no increasin'"* s#rro#nded b* a

its porch p"ain and sha""o , the na,e b#t three ba*s in "en'th, its spire a trif"e o#t of tr#e 6and it is the spire, not the paintin' of the spire, that is arts onk*: a"" of m* mother0s friends in the ork of art: mere Esthetics make been seconded from hich ere in e,er* sense professiona"8C @e"", part"*, of co#rse,

beca#se it is a sma"", s#perb mother, and her friend

it p"eas#rab"e$ And nat#ra""*, + am fond of it as a "ink to m* ho has a"so no the (h#rch Mi"itant to the (h#rch Tri#mphant$ >et there is more to it than these e"ements$ E,en did + not kno sma"" ?"o#cestershire ch#rch the paintin' portra*ed, + sho#"d take p"eas#re in kno in' and reco'nisin' - from its characteristic "andscape settin' and its characteristic architect#re, the set of its spire and the f"oor p"an, and a"" the e,idences of m* sense of si'ht - that this is a ?"o#cestershire, r#ra", "ar'e"* %orman parish ch#rch$ 2or, *o# see, one can come - =#ite readi"* - to reco'nise these thin's: the characteristic fami"* feat#res of East An'"ian ch#rches, Somerset ch#rches ch#rches ith their ith Somerset to ers, 9e,on and remnants of a''on.roofs

roodscreens and their /9e,on rin's0 of six$ E,en so, one can

train the e*e to reco'nise, patterns, or thatched, or ho

ith p"eas#re, the c"#es of fie"d. a* in hich a roof is here it is p"aced,

a""s, or farm 'ates, or the at once in

a chimne* is b#i"t and

and be ab"e to kno

hich co#nt* one is$ A sense e"", and in hat it "eads to$

of p"ace is a thin' 'ood in itse"f$ >et it is 'ood in its effects as !ne be'ins to think, and to onder$ !ne ma* be mo,ed to

become an anorak in some passionate interest, and that is a ,er* 'ood thin' to be$ ?issin'0s <enr* R*ecroft, in that book hose s eetness of temper is "itt"e inferior to an*thin' of @a"ton0s 6+zaak0s, + mean, b#t the same is tr#e in m#sic of Sir @i""iam, no + kne + think of it8, rites, /@hat ere hone* to me if nothin' of <*mett#s and <*b"aC - if m* mind had no

stores of poetr*, no memories of romanceC0 There are men ho ha,e been inspired b* the most h#mane of h#mane "etters to take #p beekeepin' and other co#ntr* p#rs#its5 there are beekeepers, farmers, an'"ers, and de,otees of sport ho ha,e t#mb"ed a"most b* accident into the "ar'er and freer or"d of 'reat "iterat#re b* a* of their passions$ +t is a c#rio#s thin' that beekeepin', farmin', an'"in', and co#ntr* "ife ha,e prod#ced, since ci,i"isation be'an, more 'reat "iterat#re, and more happ* "iterat#re, than an* other p#rs#its: obser,e ho this is so, from the !eor"ics to the bri""iant miniat#res in prose of Martin 6and Anthea8 1e""0s mar,e""o#s father, the most #nderrated En'"ish a#thor of the past cent#r* 6Adrian 1e"": it is sad that + m#st specif*8$

(o"erid'e and 1#rke a"ike Esthetics$ Think for a moment of ho

ere pioneers of critica" the simp"est c#"ti,ation

of taste - no: more than that: the most basic contemp"ation of h* one "ikes one thin' and not another - can become a so#nd fo#ndation for a "ife eather.bo#nd, e"" "i,ed in action$ @inter. and e ma* take the 'ift of #nco,enanted time to

think$ @e ma* be'in b* thinkin' of the characteristic notes of En'"ish m#sic, the chromaticism of the En'"ish schoo"5 or of the deep interre"atedness of p"ainchant and En'"ish poetr*, in scansion and in diction5 or A#st h* it is that r#ra" p#rs#its ha,e en'endered 'reat "iterat#re$ !r, a'ain, *o# ma* see East An'"ian par'etin' - and in it see fear in a handf#" of d#st, ash on an o"d man0s s"ee,e, a cro ned knot of fire$ >o# ma* see the inter trees, bo#'hs bare, and think of ho akin the* are to fan.,a#"tin' in *o#r parish ch#rch$ And s#dden"*, thro#'h these =#otidian obser,ations, a"" hea,en and he"" come r#shin' in$ @e ma* 6and *o# certain"* o#'ht to do8 be'in to in,o",e o#rse",es 1#i"din's, ith a ith (ommon ?ro#nd F En'"and in ater meado s tr#st or the RSP1 or ith (ommon ?ro#nd5 Partic#"ar, or the Societ* for the Protection of Ancient herita'e rai" a*s or o"d mi""s$ >o# ma* soon find *o#rse"f campai'nin' for "oca" distincti,eness, or #nderstandin' that (h#rchi"" the poor as honest"* horrified that

ere "eft in circ#mstances that a"most a" a*s meant h* this is a

/ne,er seein' an*thin' bea#tif#", ne,er eatin' an*thin' sa,o#r*, ne,er sa*in' an*thin' c"e,er0 - and

tra'ed* that m#st be redressed5 *o# ma* e,en be'in to think that, a"tho#'h a ri'ht char"e* in man* noted, in decr*in' a a*s, <R< the Prince of @a"es ma* A#st 1e !n to Somethin', somethin' R#skin or"d that de"iberate"* makes itse"f #'"ier than it need be$ >o# ma*, for examp"e, conc"#de that chi"dren of a"" races 6e,en barbarians s#ch as m* peop"e, Ancient 1ritons and mara#din' Saxons and the occasiona" &ikin' and, orse sti"", a fe &ikin's speakin' a dia"ect of Ro#ennais 2ro'8 are trained b* s#rro#ndin' art - or the "ack of it: that m#ch of hat is rep#'nant in o#r time is the prod#ct of 1r#ta"ism and #'"ification, of s*nthetic tosh, bad ritin' and bad m#sic he"d o#t as 'ood, and bad art p"astered a"" o,er the shodd* concrete a""s$ inter, 1est of a"", *o# ma*, refreshed, rechar'ed, and en"i'htened b* this enforced contemp"ation in the depth of assist in the on"* orth hi"e act#a""* start #oin" somethin' abo#t these i""s and e,i"s, and ork, that of 'i,in' bread in p"ace of stones to those spirit#a""* and inte""ect#a""* star,in'$ Remarkab"e, rea""*, ha,e noted, a haze"n#t$ hat one ma* "earn from a SG,res coffee ser,ice in an id"e moment$ !r, as 9ame 7#"ian mi'ht

?M@@ on honest an'"ers:
… Sha"" + abandon m* ri,ersC Sho#"d ?od for'et <is peop"eC Super $lumina, "et #s e,en in sorro sin'5 and "et m* rod.hand isdom$ + for'et her c#nnin' if + for'et these, m* earth"* Sion$ Rather, "et #s to the ri,ers as the* are, and 'et do not expect m#ch fishin' this *ear5 *et + expect a catch in ab#ndance, m#"tip"*in' "ike the "oa,es and fishes in the feedin' of the m#"tit#des$ + expect to "and the Sa"mon of @isdom$ The ri,ers and cha"k streams of m* care and c#re are diminished on"* to the cas#a" e*e5 there is m#ch to read in them A#st no ri,ers and 'et secret f"ashin' ri,ers5 for them that ha,e e*es to see$ )et #s to the isdom: this is an opport#nit*, to st#d* and to

"earn, to read, mark, "earn, and in ard"* di'est: to st#d* their a*s and processes, the si",er and shado ed s ift. or"d herein o#r =#arr* "i,e and mo,e and ha,e e are ass#red"* not their a*s and hea"th and

their bein'$ @e are in some de'ree doctors of ph*sic to o#r e are not their masters and creator$ +t e"" beho,es #s to "earn their hich to do A#st that$

str#ct#re, and

e ha,e been 'i,en a c#nnin'"*.dis'#ised

b"essin' of 'race in

2or to the tr#e an'"er, to'ether for 'ood$ +t

ho

o#"d kno

his ri,er, a"" ork

seasons are apt, a"" kno "ed'e precio#s, and a"" thin's

as not b* chance that !#r Sa,io#r

so#'ht his first discip"es amon'st fishermen$ And + remember, a"so, a kinsman of mine in cent#ries past, a 'ood honest (h#rchman and an an'"er, a ph*sician in <ants, hen the fami"* ho ere di,ided took the part of the Kin' rather

than that of Par"iament, and aided <onest +zaak in the reco,er* of the )esser ?eor'e for the Kin', and (o"one" 1"a'#e0s escape from the To er and o,er the ater, ith the Ro#ndheads po#ndin' after him: for an'"in' is an honest, in'en#o#s, =#iet, and harm"ess art, and honest an'"ers artf#" and apt to an* honest ser,ice$ And if e are, as indeed e are, si",er "inks 6man* of #s e more than a trif"e tarnished8 in a 'reat chain of bein', hich e are a part, and a part on"*:

m#st a"so reco'nise that there are 'reat nat#ra" c*c"es in e are in some de'ree doctors of ph*sic to o#r ri,ers5 e are not their masters and

e are ass#red"* not their creator: and there are fasts that the ri,ers and a"" nat#re keep for their better hea"th$ @e ma* "earn of them in fast as on feasts and feria" da*s$ The man is a mere br#te, and no tr#e an'"er, p#rpose do hose sport hat is meas#red on"* in fish ca#'ht and boasted of$ 2or

e impose on o#rse",es "imits and con,entions if e"come e,en a "o ri,er and a dr* *ear,

not to make sport of a mere mechanica" har,est of proteinC The tr#e an'"er can

and "earn of it, and be the better for it, in mind and in spirit$ So, %o: the hatch is not a"" that it mi'ht be, for if it is eno#'h and ear"* %o: + don0t 'et to the ri,er as often as + sho#"d arm ith it, it is a"so in a time of dro#'ht5 and, ish$ 1#t these

thin's do not make this a poor *ear: the* are an #n"ooked.for opport#nit* to de",e *et deeper into the secrets of the ri,er, and 'ro ise$ ReAoice, then, in a"" seasons, *e fishers$ The %orl# the river is& both you an# ', (n# all mankin#, are either $ish or $ry) @e m#st ,ie it ith A#dicio#s "ooks, and 'et isdom hi"st e ma*$ And to a"" honest an'"ers, then, + ish, as o#r master +zaak ind

ished #s "on' a'o, /a rain* e,enin' to read this fo""o in' 9isco#rse5 and that if he be an honest An'"er, the east ma* ne,er b"o hen he 'oes a.fishin'$0

?M@@ on (he"tenham:
… Those those ma* ho ent to the tro#b"e of 'oin' to (he"tenham and atched it as tin* ima'es f"ickerin' #pon '"ass a'ers on the races$ >et those ho had a bit on ere ere ho b#t

e"" ha,e p"aced their

ho had a f"#tter on (appa 1"e#, those r#nner8,

9enman or Ka#to Star, or, "o*a""*, on 1arbers Shop 6<MH0s ere doin' more than 'amb"in', and indeed primari"* doin' somethin' more and 'reater: the* ancient, of the earth, earth*$ 2or +n

participatin', at ho e,er man* remo,es, in somethin' hat is the ma'ic of racin'C hat does it inhereC S#re"* not simp"* or so"e"* in bettin'

and matchin' horse a'ainst horse$ Rather, it is a ce"ebration of o#r ancient companion, his speed and his stren'th, o#r first master* and "on' partnership$ @hat matters at (he"tenham and at Aintree, as at s#ch f"at racin' co#rses as ?ood ood and %e market, is the scent of earth and 'reen st#ff, the creak and sme"" of "eather, the sharp tan' of the horse, and the th#nder in the earth as the fie"d s eeps past$ @h*, after a"", are so man* of the best books and poems and paintin's concerned ith the nat#ra" order and o#r p"ace in

itC @h* e"se is so m#ch of the best bees and farms, h#ntin', man indeed

ritin' concerned

ith

ith an'"in' and sta"kin' and shootin' and o#"d be a rash

ith horse, horn, and ho#ndC +t

ho s#''ested that the interests of the #rban and ith Rosie, an'"in' ith

s#b#rban mind ha,e created a bod* of "etters to ri,a" Ri,er 1ank and the @i"d @ood, ciderin' @a"ton and (otton, h#ntin' ith 2"#rr* Knox0s ho#nds or ith &arro, itho#t

shootin' at A#sso"as, or farmin' and beekeepin'

(o"#me""a, &er'i", (obbett, and Adrian 1e""$ Simp"* to mention the !eor"ics is to make the ar'#ment certain, so m#ch as mentionin' <esiod$ And in the ,is#a" arts, and in m#sic, is there an*thin' #rban or non.r#ra" to set beside, sa*, (onstab"e, or 9e"i#s - sa,e, perhaps, the to n can,ases of &ermeerC Arcad*, "ike 9eath its denizen e - sta""ed beasts then, ho ith #s, is a"" aro#nd #s, if e*: ant to be set forth - b#t see it$ 2orth,

ith 9an ?eoffre* #pon the he*e

*orth, pil"rim, $orth+ *orth, beste, out o$ thy stal+ ,no% thy contree, look up, thank !o# o$ all& Hol# the heye %ey, an# lat thy "ost thee le#e& (n# trouthe thee shal #elivere, it is no #re#e)

?M@@ on the e"ementa" co#ntr*side:
… >et so "on' as peop"e take their ideas from #rban "eader. riters, the data of their senses i"" remain secondar* at best in formin' their A#d'ements$ Statisticians and ana"*sts can insist in rin'in' tones that the %2U, an'"ers, shootin' parties, the (o#ntr*side A""iance, preser,ers of pheasants, h#nts, and the 1AS(, do more for conser,ation than the 'n#epen#ent, b#t their ,oices e,en a ard. innin' ho"e of the par"iamentar* )abo#r Part* and the entire readership of the i"" fa"" on deaf ears so "on' as i"d"ife photo'raphers, "ike so man*

@atsons, /see, b#t do not obser,e0$ 2or m* o n part, + sho#"d "ike to ha,e the 'reater part of the )abo#r Part*, most )ib9ems, and not a fe Tories, /re. ed#cated0 b* their bein' forced to spend 'reat s athes of 2ebr#ar* and March next, in "ambin' season, standin' in m#ck as a co"d rain pisses do n, dea"in' e es or ith pro"apse in ith their arms ha"f a* #p sheep0s t ats fee"in' for o#"d be remarkab"* the better

the fore"e' of a "amb str#''"in' to be born$ The*, and the co#ntr*, and the co#ntr*side, for it$

MSP on fie"d sports:
<#ntin', "ike fishin', is mora""* and ethica""* as /'ood0 as farmin' is$ 2or a"" the e"ement of sport, the ancient fo#ndation of the acti,it* is the 'ettin' of food, the pro,idin' for one0s fami"* - and that is emphatica""* a mora" d#t*, and so reco'nized b* e,er* phi"osopher in e,er* a'e and c#"t#re$ <#ntin' has a"so done rather more o,er the *ears to preser,e o#r ,a#nted i"derness than e,er ha,e its opponents$ +t is per,erse in the extreme, it seems to me, for those c"aimin' the mant"e of the 'reat conser,ationists to be rabid opponents of h#ntin'$ A"do )eopo"d h#nted$ + don0t reca"" 7ohn M#ir missin' an* in'shots$ <is 'reat.nephe ho orl#, 9a,id )o,e, US?S 'eo"o'ist and conser,ation ad,ocate, is a centra" fi'#re in McPhee0s (nnals o$ the *ormer 're h#nts$ <ad h#mans not h#nted, herded: a#rochs o#"d r#n free o#"d sti"" be 'ame A#n'"e.fo "$ And the 'reat conser,ationist presidents, from TR for ard, ha,e been a,id h#nters$ e

#p h#ntin'$ 7ohn ?ra,es, of !oo#bye To ( -iver fame, o#"d ne,er ha,e here catt"e 'raze, chickens

+ am a h#nter, and + 1#t

i"" make m* position c"ear hereafter$ ho are c"ose to

hether *o# h#nt, or fish, or farm, *o#

the "and are c"ose to c*c"es of birth and death, inc"#din' the death of those creat#res #rban or"d hose bodies 'i,e #s "ife$ Those of ho "i,e in the increasin'"* st#mb"ed into do not "i,e *o# - the maAorit*, + expect e ha,e someho c"ose to these stark facts$ 2or mi""ennia, mankind has "i,ed b* the death of fo " and hoofed anima"s and s ift, f"ashin' fish$ Their f"esh has s#stained #s and their hides ha,e har,estin' the fr#its of the earth, armed, c"ad, and shod #s e ha,e taken "i,in' thin's hat happens a"" since the memor* of man r#ns not to the contrar*$ E,en in and red#ced them to o#r food$ + do not condemn this, or sh#dder de"icate"* at the face of tr#th$ That is "ocked in an incomprehensib"e embrace$ +f *o# sh#dder at this tr#th, 'i,e o,er the h*pocris* of hamb#r'er$ There is a p"ethora of books on the she"f that i"" shepherd *o# into consistent and 'enera""* hea"thf#" ,e'etarianism$ +f *o#r hea"th permits, if *o#r ph*sician a""o s, *o# are free to opt o#t of the a'e"ess predation o#r kind has re"ied on$ +f *o# are consistent, *o# ith the s eat of *o#r bro orth$ 2ar more, *o# i"" ha,e - *o# i"" ha,e earned, hat that is ho - m* respect, for on this p"anet, predators and pre* no#rishin' each other,

i"" ha,e earned the respect of a""

reco'nize inte""ect#a" honest*$ 1#t it

i"" be earned$

(onsistenc* c#ts deep$ @e

o#"d none of #s be here, + ask or"d, e o#"d be

*o# to remember, had ear"ier 'enerations sh#ddered and t#rned a a*$ A fa""en race in a fa""en that sti"", b#t other than 2or those e are$ (onsistenc* i"" re=#ire the

se,erance of more ties than those that bind *o# to the 'rocer$ ho do not ha,e a ,ocation for ,e'etarianism, ith obse=#io#s aiters ho e,er, rea"it* is e=#a""* adamant$ +t does not matter ho e"" *o# dine in a cand"e."it cocoon, brin'in' the chef0s best efforts re,erent"* to *o#r tab"e$ +f *o# are to no#rish an* appetites "ess 'ross than mere br#te h#n'er, if *o# are to feed *o#r so#", *o# m#st pick #p the car,in' knife$ >o# m#st enter the kitchen, and *o# m#st sit at tab"e, +n a "earn ith *o#r e*es open$ or"d "ar'e"* se,ered from the simp"e tr#ths of the hat o#r 'randparents kne as nat#ra""* as the* kne o#"d 'o so far as to hich that

farm*ard, it is a necessar* part of e,er* h#man0s ed#cation to the paths thro#'h a#t#mn0s forests$ +

sa* that no one has a ri'ht to eat an* creat#re is b"asphemo#s in the mo#ths of those the enormit* of ise, that kosher b#tcher, fare e"" as he "eft to

person i'nores a"i,e$ E,en the sa*in' of a ?race 1efore Meat ho do not reco'nize as hat the* do, and m#st do to "i,e$ <e

ho a" a*s bade his fami"* hat ma* happen, before

ork, as if he mi'ht ne,er see them

a'ain: /2or,0 he said, /+ do not kno and the next breath in

+ s"a#'hter a ca"f, bet een the time + in,oke the %ame of ?od hich + ask for merc*$0

+t is essentia" to "earn the and the dim, stran'e

a*s of the beasts of the fie"d, - not sentimenta""*, not of m* o n it sho#"d him and

or"d of fish, and the rh*thm of the

po#"tr* r#n$ +f + do not kno

bookish"*, not at second.hand, b#t kno m#"e* b#ck, + ha,e no ri'ht to sa* die and ho desire,

kno "ed'e - somethin' at "east of the "ife of a beef steer or a hen and ho it sho#"d be c#t and cooked hen it is dead$ %o

ri'ht b#t that of s#perior force and of #nthinkin' hich is b#t the tit"e c"aimed b* t*rants$

MSP on historio'raph*:
… Santa*ana0s dread from, histor*: that the* arnin' to those ho do not remember, di'est the "essons of, commemorate and "earn ho fai" to do so are doomed to repeat it: app"ies to #s a""$ The se"ecti,e and partia" miscomprehension of histor*, their o n histor*, b* the American peop"e has "ed to this sorr* present state of affairs$ +t is the fai"#re of historians and ed#cators to do their Aobs proper"*, / itho#t fear or fa,or,0 that has created an America in hich freedom is not mere"* taken for 'ranted, b#t hich droo"in' pecker ood hich 'reat and 'ood hich as re'arded as a commodit* to be bartered for materia" ad,anta'e$ An America in m#dsi"" trash can co.opt f"a's #nder

men fo#'ht, and render them fore,er befo#"ed in the e*es of tho#sands and h#ndreds of tho#sands$ An America in the '#ardians of "ibert* are treated contempt directed at Kip"in'0s Tommy (tkins - #nti", as ith the ind#"'ent

the case for Tomm*, the ba""oon 'oes #p and the sneers are iped off ci,i"ian faces b* sheer panicked terror$ An America in hich e are di,ided b* race and c"ass and herita'e hen

e o#'ht, on a s#ccession of memoria" and re=#iem da*s thro#'ho#t the ca"endar, Aoin hands, ra""* 0ro#nd, be sensib"e to hat Mr )inco"n ca""ed the pio#s chords of memor*, there This is the conse=#ence of the historian0s abdication of a#thorit* and d#t*, and its re,ersa" i"" be dependent #pon orks of an increased, mass appreciation of real histor*$ +t is a"so the conse=#ence of the p#b"ic0s fai"#re to read: so#nd histor* are "ar'e"* a,ai"ab"e, accessib"e $$$ and i'nored$ This, too, m#st chan'e, and one means is for #s a"" to ce"ebrate o#r 9a*s of Remembrance %ittin"ly, steepin' o#rse",es on these appointed da*s in the 'reat ca#ses and sacrifices each commemorates, as to"d b* so man* s#perb historians$ @hat, after a"", is a ho"ida* itho#t a "ectionar*C hom *o# sha"" Unti" then, + at "east 6/choose this da* beside /each patriot 'ra,e$0

ser,e, b#t as for me and m* ho#se$$$08 - + at "east sha"" contin#e to obser,e, in 'ratit#de and a"" h#mi"it*, these ha""o ed da*s of remembrance, and *o# .et us no% praise $amous men (n# our $athers in their "enerations ))) ))) *or some %ere men o$ %ar, (n# their "lory hath outlive# them) ork to sho the rest of h* *o# o#'ht ri'ht"* be in the next pe $

?M@@ on

ritin':

… 1. There is no muse. Therefore, there is no sacred chamber to prepare against her visitations. @ritin' is not dependent #pon the ,a'aries of mood or season or 1etAeman eather or p"ace or back'ro#nd noise$ 9ickens and rote on trains$ A#sten rote in the midst of

'entee""* Ao""* fami"* #proar, par"o#r 'ames, and dai"* "ife$ Kip"in' and (hesterton specia" cocoon rote thro#'h an* t#m#"t$ This notion that one must, #arlin", simply m#st, my #ear, ha,e a ith thin's positioned A#st so and a north "i'ht and, + don0t kno , a c"oisonnD mo#se pad or some damned thin', is #tter ba""s$ @ritin' isn0t a sacred trance or a sacrament or a mood or a M*sterio#s (omm#nion (nima /un#i, it0s a b"ood* Aob, damn it a""$ ?et on ?et, in fact, on *er bike$ + remember persists e,en no a#thor ith the ith it$

ith a horror that

- readin', some *ears a'o, of an American

ho, in a hardboi"ed e=#i,a"ent to this idioc* abo#t

<a,in' Thin's 7#st So, habit#a""* raced o#t of the ho#se, 'ot orked #p, dashed back in and t*ped for t ent* min#tes in a fine frenz* #nti" the e"" ran dr* a'ain, and then repeated the

process$ +0m amazed he made a "i,in' at it$ This sort of thin' is #n=#estionab"* id"eness, as #pon "#x#r*$ %o , ob,io#s"*, if *o#0re impe""ed b* the o#tstandin' bi"" ritin' on spec, and not *o# into ant to make the rent or sett"e a "on'. ith the 'reen'rocer so he0"" a""o rite on"* e"" as ima'ination, operatin'

the shop before *o# =#ite star,e, *o# can, + s#ppose, take *o#r priss*, precio#s time and it$ +t shan0t be edit it hen *o# fee" "ike ant to orth a damn, b#t *o# can do it$ 6+t shan0t be asted time than if *o#0d ritten it in

orth a damn for se,era" reasons$ 2irst of a"", *o#0"" ith far more

one 'o, and hadn0t a""o ed it to become disAointed and episodic and as to itho#t f"o $ Second"*, *o#0"" cock that #p, that pleasant it hen *o# chose, and ere in a "oft* mood, necessar* editin', beca#se *o#0"" remember ho rite on"* and *o#0"" therefore re'ard the

ork *o# did as "oft* and

p"easant, seein' it thro#'h the 'a#z* c#rtain of nosta"'ia and affection, and *o#0"" be b"ind to its manifest and manifo"d fa#"ts$ And a'ain, hate,er o,erarchin' theme or mood or arc it mi'ht ha,e had, *o#0"" ha,e for'otten, or at "east "ost the immediate sense of, and the res#"ts shan0t be prett* ho e,er r#th"ess"* *o# believe *o# are editin' it$ 1#t that0s *o#r "ooko#t: *o# can do this sort of thin' if *o# "ike and ha,en0t the "ash of need to dri,e *o# on$8 @hat0s more, *o# are not b#t kno ritin' on spec, rea""*, did *o# it8$ /%o man it, or as a /hobb*0 6did *o# b#t kno

b#t a b"ockhead e,er

rote, except for mone*,0 said 9r rite and p#b"ish beca#se

7ohnson, and it0s tr#e$ Either *o# monetised c#rrenc*, or *o# exercises, a'ainst the da* transom of a p#b"isher: into the ,ices *o#0,e ac=#ired b* "ike it, ine,itab"* sink This is sho#"d be

*o# are seekin' credit or rep#tation or exchan'e, if not in a rite - a"" too often on"ine, in a hen *o# toss *o#r MS o,er the hose s"#sh.pi"e it sha"", d#e to ritin' and postin' on"ine and rite hen *o# fee" orth hi"e, or ith circ"e of m#t#a" #ncritica" ad#"ation - as a set of fi,e.fin'er

bein' f"attered for it and fee"in' *o# ma* itho#t a trace$

h* dead"ines are so damned

ere the ostensib"e re=#irements enforced rather rite not hen and as *o# "ike,

better than the* are$ )ike the need to fi"" the c#pboards food, these act to force *o# to

b#t to order, e,en if *o# m#st "oosen *o#r sta*s and breathe deep of *o#r sme""in' sa"ts and act#a""* b#ck"e do n and do an honest da*0s ork hen *o#0d rather not, *o# poor, de"icate f"o er, *o#$

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