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Researching the American Family's War to Beat Death...

Wednesday Night Readings:

From page 56 of Paglia's Glittering Images on Bronzino's Portrait of Andrea Doria as Neptune:


Quote of the day #1: "The classical nude provided an ambiguous precedent: in Greek art and culture, a small penis was valued as a mark of intellect; a large penis was thought comical and animalistic." -- Camille Paglia

Today's Dawn Book Readings:

From page 23 of William F. Buckley Jr.'s novel Getting It Right, on a Mormon missionary's seduction before the Hungarian Communist revolution:

Quote of the Day #2: "Once more she turned the radio off, and beckoned him back to the bed. 'Once more, Woodroe. For the revolution.'" -- Getting It Right, by William F. Buckley Jr.

From page 115 of Michael Ledeen's Tocqueville on American Character, explaining how our nation's history of voluntary associations starts with the family:


 Quote of the Day #3: "Even in ‪Puritan‬ New England, two generations before ‪Tocqueville‬ arrived, some 30 percent of all births were premarital. But 'premarital' means that they invariably got married, because otherwise father, mother, and child would have suffered an enormous social stigma. Nowadays that stigma has vanished, and we no longer hear about 'shotgun marriages' in which the impregnating male is compelled to save the honor of the woman he got pregnant." -Michael Ledeen