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Today is the birthday of Louis
Menand, born in Syracuse, New York, in 1952. He
followed the footsteps of his parents (an historian
and a political science professor) into academia,
teaching at Princeton University and the City
University of New York, and currently serving as
Professor of English and American Literature and
Language at Harvard
University. He is best know for his 2001 book, The
Club: A Story of Ideas in America, which
was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History. In
it, Menand studies the philosophical concept of
Pragmatism and the primary thinkers responsible for
its development. The Metaphysical Club, probably
in existence for no more than nine months, was an
informal group that met in Cambridge, Massachusetts,
in 1872, comprising of William James, Charles Sanders
Peirce and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. The book
focuses on the influence the American Civil War had on
the population, the emerging sciences of statistics
and evolutionary biology, and the impact of the Club's
intellectual heir, John Dewey.
The Snow Merchant
And I Quote...
Books are necessary to correct the vices of the polite ~ Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774)
Declan Burke reviews the best new crime fiction including Colette McBeth’s The Life I Left Behind .
The next DLR Lexicon bookclub meeting will be on Feburary 17th when we will be discussing books in translation.
"A Day In The Life" hosted by Childrens Books Ireland takes place on Saturday 24th, full details here
I Hear America Singing
I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.