It will be a marvellous thing—the true personality of man—when we see it. It will grow naturally and simply, flowerlike, or as a tree grows. It will not be at discord. It will never argue or dispute. It will not prove things. It will know everything. And yet it will not busy itself about knowledge. It will have wisdom. Its value will not be measured by material things. It will have nothing. And yet it will have everything, and whatever one takes from it, it will still have, so rich will it be. It will not be always meddling with others, or asking them to be like itself. It will love them because they will be different. And yet while it will not meddle with others, it will help all, as a beautiful thing helps us, by being what it is.
The Soul of Man by Oscar Wilde.
Manna by Marshal Brain.
[image] [article by Steve Almond]
This road to vice-presidential respectability has, of course, hit bumps. Lyndon Johnson feuded with the Kennedys and their aides, who called him “Uncle Cornpone.” Agnew took kickbacks in his White House office. Nelson Rockefeller, given little but ceremonial duties by President Ford, said of his job: “I go to funerals. I go to earthquakes.” Dick Cheney shot a friend in the face.
The Vice Presidents That History Forgot by Tony Horwitz for Smithsonian.
In Focus has a three part series of photographs detailing the Civil War for its 150th anniversary: places, people, stereographs.
Metafilter has a post listing ¡the best! essays from the past year as chosen by The Browser. There are a wide variety of subjects covered, and the latter website will hopefully prove to be a new, interesting one to follow.
Oh there was another Metafilter post a while back about short science fiction stories.