The Silence is Deafening…

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Beverly Sills has died after a brutal illness at the age of 78.

No one would call her the greatest opera singer of her age, but she was likely the most beloved. Beverly Sills alone made opera palatable to the American mainstream and personifies the art for many Americans to this day. Following her stage career, she went on to lead the New York City Opera, Lincoln Center and finally the fabled Met.

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Snow and Steampunkary

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As the long, hot summer begins, my mind turns more and more to philosophy. Specifically, a recent article in the Guardian made me think of the works of C.P. Snow and how they may pertain to Caledon.

C.P. Snow, later Baron Snow of Leicester, is best known for his seminal lecture in the 1950s called The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution, in which he theorized that the worlds of Science and the Humanities had split into two distinct and antagonistic cultures. He also is responsible for one of my favorite quotes, which is as follows:

When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.

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