Ex Libris Kirkland

Ex Libris Kirkland is my self-centered way to keep track of what I read, what I like, and what I want to remember.

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  • In this connection I wish to say one word about Michael Angelo Buonarotti. I used to worship the mighty genius of Michael Angelo--that man who was great in poetry, painting, sculpture, architecture--great in every thing he undertook. But I do not want Michael Angelo for breakfast--for luncheon--for dinner--for tea--for supper--for between meals. I like a change, occasionally. In Genoa, he designed every thing; in Milan he or his pupils designed every thing; he designed the Lake of Como; in Padua, Verona, Venice, Bologna, who did we ever hear of, from guides, but Michael Angelo? In Florence, he painted every thing, designed every thing, nearly, and what he did not design he used to sit on a favorite stone and look at, and they showed us the stone. In Pisa he designed every thing but the old shot-tower, and they would have attributed that to him if it had not been so awfully out of the perpendicular. He designed the piers of Leghorn and the custom house regulations of Civita Vecchia. But, here--here it is frightful. He designed St. Peter's; he designed the Pope; he designed the Pantheon, the uniform of the Pope's soldiers, the Tiber, the Vatican, the Coliseum, the Capitol, the Tarpeian Rock, the Barberini Palace, St. John Lateran, the Campagna, the Appian Way, the Seven Hills, the Baths of Caracalla, the Claudian Aqueduct, the Cloaca Maxima--the eternal bore designed the Eternal City, and unless all men and books do lie, he painted every thing in it! Dan said the other day to the guide, "Enough, enough, enough! Say no more! Lump the whole thing! say that the Creator made Italy from designs by Michael Angelo!"

    I never felt so fervently thankful, so soothed, so tranquil, so filled with a blessed peace, as I did yesterday when I learned that Michael Angelo was dead.

    an excerpt from The Innocents Abroad, written by Mark Twain in 1869

  • Amongst other things we had of them, the sheep of the country (viz. such as we mentioned before, bearing the leathern bags) were most memorable. Their height and length was equal to a pretty cow, and their strength fully answerable, if not by much exceeding their size or stature... These sheep have necks like camels, their heads bearing a reasonable resemblance of another sheep. [ uh, alpacas! ]

    an excerpt from The World Encompassed, written by Francis Drake in 1628

  • .. landing there we lighted on a Spaniard who lay asleep, and had lying by him 13 bars of silver, weighing in all about 4000 Spanish ducats; we would not (could we have chosen) have awakened him of his nap; but seeing we, against our wills, did him that injury, we freed him of his charge, which otherwise perhaps would have kept him waking, and so left him to take out (if it pleased him) the other part of his sleep in more security.

    an excerpt from The World Encompassed, written by Francis Drake in 1628

Recently Noted

  • I really enjoyed this telling of one of Drake's journey's. It's exciting, and also has that 'Europeans discover the world and look like dicks doing it' thing that I always find funny. Drake was a national hero and also a pirate, raiding his way across the world and stealing from his enemy the Spanish wherever he found them.

    an note about The World Encompassed, written by Francis Drake in 1628

  • The FULL title of this book is: The World Encompassed, being his next voyage to that to Nobre de Dios formerly imprinted; carefully collected out of the Notes of Francis Fletcher, Preacher in his employment, and divers others his followers in the same; offerend now at last to publique view, both for the honour of the actor but especially for the stirring up of heroick spirits, to benefit their country, and eternize their names by like noble attempts. London: printed for Nicholas Bourne, and are to be sold at his shop at the Royal Exchange. 1628.

    an note about The World Encompassed, written by Francis Drake in 1628

  • I should read more Twain - he's really funny. The travelogue doesn't have any of the weird midwestern / huckleberry stuff I don't like.

    an note about The Innocents Abroad, written by Mark Twain in 1869

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