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  • peter shared from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003HKRASA/ref=r_soa_p_i
    IN 1906, WHILE studying medicine in Japan, a young Chinese man called Zhou Shuren was shown a slide depicting a scene from the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5, which was partly fought on Chinese territory. It showed a crowd of Chinese watching while one of their compatriots was beheaded by the Japanese, accused of being a Russian spy. “They were all strong fellows but appeared completely apathetic,” Zhou recalled. “After this film I felt that medical science was not so important after all. The people of a weak and backward country, however strong and healthy they may be, can only serve to be...
    Note: The power of literature.
  • peter shared from The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks by Tracey Goessel
    Modern Musketeer is a formidable entry in the Fairbanks body of work. As the (perhaps hyper-caffeinated) Photoplay critic wrote, “Fairbanks makes the Dumas swashbuckler seem a popinjay, a milksop, a wearer of wrist watches in times of peace, a devotee of the sleeve handkerchief, a nursery playmate, an eater of prune whip, a drinker of pink lemonade, a person susceptible to hay fever, a wearer of corn plasters, an habitué of five o’clock teas, a reader of Pollyanna.”
  • peter shared from The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks by Tracey Goessel
    He also urged all the youngsters under his tutelage to take acting seriously. “Some day they will stop lynching horse thieves and start in on bad actors, and nobody will say a word of protest.”
  • peter shared from The Sea (Vintage International) by John Banville
    The past beats inside me like a second heart.
  • peter shared from The Sea (Vintage International) by John Banville
    The past beats inside me like a second heart.