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  • Steven shared from The File: A Personal History (Vintage) by Timothy Garton Ash
    Reading about spying is a great British hobby. The sheer volume of books on the subject is matched only by those on sex and gardening.
    Note: True enuf...
  • Steven shared from The File: A Personal History (Vintage) by Timothy Garton Ash
    Public opinion was not yet recognizable as ‘false consciousness,’ as a mask for the purely bourgeois class interest, as it was a half generation later for the young Marx.” His readers, with long experience of reading between the lines, got the message immediately, and the first edition sold out in no time.
  • Steven shared from The Spy's Bedside Book by Graham Greene, Hugh Greene
    Take Captain Cumming, the first head of MI6. He wore a gold-rimmed monocle, wrote only in green ink, and it is said, possibly apocryphally, that after he lost a leg in an accident he used to get round the corridors by putting his wooden one on a child’s scooter and propelling himself along with the other.
    Note: any relation to @charlescumming
  • Steven shared from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004GNFP5M/ref=r_soa_p_i
    In May, San Diego’s KPBS became the latest of thirty-three public radio stations to jettison its hybrid classical music/news format, and go all news, all the time. The switches have created a powerful cycle: the listening audience has soared, leading to increased listener donations, allowing money to be plowed back into news coverage, particularly focused on local and regional issues.
  • Steven shared from In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
    Even irony was costly. Eight days’ solitary and “twenty-five strokes” were meted out to “anyone making depreciatory or ironical remarks to a member of the SS, deliberately omitting the prescribed marks of respect, or in any other way demonstrating unwillingness to submit himself to disciplinary measures.”
    Note: Irony has its price.
  • Steven shared from In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
    In our own country, however, in spite of sniping, ‘chiseling’ and growling by the extreme right and by the extreme left, we are actually putting people back to work and raising values.”
    Note: FDR in 1933. #soundsliketoday #potus
  • Steven shared from In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
    Infuriated by Packebusch’s insolence, Diels rocketed from his chair in a flare of anger. Packebusch loosed his own freshet of obscenities and pulled a hidden pistol from a back pocket of his pants. He aimed it at Diels, finger on the trigger.
    Note: A 'freshet of obscenities'
  • Steven shared from Potsdam Station (John Russell World War II Spy Thriller #4) (A John Russell WWII Spy Thriller) by David Downing
    between Teutons and Romans. In the dark it was hard to distinguish friend from foe, and Paul saw no reason to try. Weaving his way between personal battles, he ran for the next line of trees. Since
    Note: needs a break here kindle problem?
  • Steven shared from The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf
    "The changes, the improvements, the inventions—and beauty. D'you know I feel sometimes that I couldn't bear to die and cease to see beautiful things about me?" "It would certainly be very dull to die before they have discovered whether there is life in Mars," Miss Allan added.
    Note: Virgimia Wolff writes...
  • Steven shared from The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf
    "Is it true, Terence," she demanded, "that women die with bugs crawling across their faces?" "I think it's very probable," he said. "But you must admit, Rachel, that we so seldom think of anything but ourselves that an occasional twinge is really rather pleasant."