"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

There were never any strategic considerations at stake, like those in the Middle East, for example, nor did the killing ever approach the carnage or savagery of the Balkans or Rwanda. There were no oil fields or gold mines to be captured, or any ideology to be overthrown or vindicated. But the Troubles in Northern Ireland had one quality that marketed the violence there as special, and that was sheer length of the conflict -- that and the fact that no one could really see an end to it.

[The Troubles: Ed Moloney, A Secret History of the IRA]

Posted by gethro on 05.29.2009

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There was so much to think about even before throwing a pitch. Clemens lost himself in his usual pregame preparation, which typically began with cranking the whirlpool to its hottest possible temperature. "He'd come out looking like a lobster," trainer Steve Donahue said. Donahue that would rub hot liniment all over Clemens' body, "from his ankles to his wrists," Donahue said. Then Donahue would rub the hottest possible liniment on his testicles. "He'd start snorting like a bull," the trainer said. "That's when he was ready to pitch."

[Baseball : Tom Verducci, The Yankee Years]

Posted by gethro on 03.26.2009

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"What also was unusual was that a team so well stocked with savvy veterans such as Bernie Williams, Paul O'Neill, Wade Boggs, Tino Martinez, Joe Girardi, Jimmy Key and David Cone turned for on-field leadership and the reassurance of a clutch play to a 21-year-old kid who the previous season made 29 errors and hit just two home runs in Columbus, Ohio, for the Yankees' triple A affiliate. Derek Jeter was magic from the start."

[Baseball: Joe Torre and Tom Verducci, The Yankee Years]

Posted by gethro on 03.24.2009

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