Anteontem Miss Piggy foi lançada em selos pelo USPS, 37 cent First Class: Jim Henson and The Muppets Full Pane First Day Cover
Ótimo artigo no NY Times de hoje, por John L. Allen Jr.: At the Vatican, Exceptions Make the Rule.
(…) Although this is a difficult point for many Anglo-Saxons to grasp, when
the Vatican makes statements like “no gays in the priesthood,” it doesn’t
actually mean “no gays in the priesthood.” It means, “As a general rule,
this is not a good idea, but we all know there will be exceptions.”
Understanding this distinction requires an appreciation of Italian
concepts of law, which hold sway throughout the thought world of the
Vatican. The law, according to such thinking, expresses an ideal. It
describes a perfect state of affairs from which many people will
inevitably fall short. This view is far removed from the typical
Anglo-Saxon approach, which expects the law to dictate what people
While Italians grumble about lawlessness, fundamentally they believe in
subjectivity. Anyone who’s tried to negotiate the traffic in Italian
cities will appreciate the point. No law, most Italians believe, can
capture the infinite complexity of human situations, and it’s more
important for the law to describe a vision of the ideal community than for
it to be rigidly obeyed. Italians have tough laws, but their enforcement
is enormously forgiving. Not for nothing was their equivalent of the
attorney general’s office once known as the Ministry of Justice and Grace.
The British historian Christopher Dawson has described this as the
“erotic” spirit of cultures shaped by Roman Catholicism. Catholic cultures
are based on the passionate quest for spiritual perfection, Dawson writes,
unlike the “bourgeois” culture of the United States, which, shaped by
Protestantism and based on practical reason, gives priority to economic
concerns. As one senior Vatican official put it to me some time ago, “Law
describes the way things would work if men were angels.” (…)
Don Adams – Maxwell Smart, o Agente 86 – morreu neste domingo. Agora a 99 vai ter que se virar sozinha.
O NY Times trouxe hoje um artigo sobre sua carreira: Don Adams, Television’s Maxwell Smart, Dies at 82.
Finalmente pus minhas mãos no Fay Jones, por Robert Adams Ivy Jr. Uma obra mais fabulosa que a outra, mas a Lutz Residence está no topo da minha lista. Foi construída em 1978, ao pé das montanhas Ozark, na fronteira do Missouri com o Arkansas.
Como eu ainda não estive lá tirando fotos e não pude achar imagens on line, o jeito é espiar as páginas do livro pela feature search inside da Amazon (páginas 142 à 148). Tem fotos, plantas e corte.