David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

29 October 2017

This SplatTARed Regard

Activists Splatter Red Paint on Roosevelt Monument at American Museum of Natural History

The early-morning action, by a new activist group calling itself the Monument Removal Brigade, is the latest in a series of protests demanding the statue’s removal. (article here)

 The defaced Teddy Roosevelt statue outside the American 
 Museum of Natural History (photos courtesy Monument 
 Removal Brigade)

  NATURALIST : detail of the defaced base of the Teddy 
 Roosevelt statue outside the American Museum of Natural 

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