manners ”external behavior in social intercourse,” late 14c., pl. of manner.
Under bad manners, as under graver faults, lies very commonly an overestimate of our special individuality, as distinguished from our generic humanity. [Oliver W. Holmes, “The Professor at the Breakfast Table,” 1858]
Look who’s talking, sir. Although I’m weirdly fond of the titles of his “Breakfast Table” series: the other ones are The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table and The Poet at the Breakfast Table. As a kid I used to see them in used bookstores a lot and I always imagined they were part of a larger series: The Lawyer at the Breakfast Table, The Hypochondriac at the Breakfast Table, &c.
Also, I NEVER realized there were two Oliver Wendell Holmeses! I thought it was one guy! So apparently Mr. “You can tell the Poles were born to be butchers because they have fat fingers” is….Mr. “Three generations of idiots is enough“‘s father.
Now I just feel a little sad. Raise your kids right, people!
French writers at this time also wrote erotica. One genre, which vies in oddness with the English “Merryland” productions, was inspired by the newly translated Arabian Nights and involved the transformation of people into objects which were in propinquity with or employed in sexual relationships: such as sofas, dildos and even bidets. The climax of this trend is represented in French philosopher Diderot's Les Bijoux indiscrets (1747) in which a magic ring is employed to get women’s vaginas to give an account of their intimate sexual histories.
An early pioneer of the publication of erotic works in England was Edmund Curll (1675–1747) who published many of the Merryland books. These were a somewhat peculiar English genre of erotic fiction in which the female body (and sometimes the male) was described in terms of a landscape.The earliest work in this genre seems to be Erotopolis: The Present State of Bettyland (1684) probably by Charles Cotton. This was included, in abbreviated form, in The Potent Ally: or Succours from Merryland (1741). Other works include A New Description of Merryland. Containing a Topographical, Geographical and Natural History of that Country (1740) by Thomas Stretzer,Merryland Displayed (1741) and set of maps entitled A Compleat Set of Charts of the Coasts of Merryland (1745). The last book in this genre appears to be a parody of Laurence Sterne's A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy (1768) entitled La Souriciere. The Mousetrap. A Facetious and Sentimental Excursion through part of Austrian Flanders and France (1794) by “Timothy Touchit”.
… how McClane knows not to give Gruber a gun with bullets the first time they meet? I’ve seen this movie fifty times, and I still can’t figure it out.
I have also pondered this! My conclusion is that I don’t think he DOES know. I think it’s a test. And he’s not losing much in the way of backup since the guy Gruber is pretending to be wouldn’t be super useful in a scary situation even if he HAD a loaded gun.
“Mischaracterized as a simple woman who chose not to stand because she had tired feet, often Parks’ long history of activism is erased from our collective consciousness. Parks served as an active member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People beginning in the early 1940s, working on a voter registration campaign, leading the local NAACP Youth Council, and attending a leadership conference organized by civil rights visionary, Ella Baker. It would be Parks’ work as a young activist in the NAACP that would lead her to investigate a horrible incident of abduction and rape that had taken place in her hometown of Abbeville, Alabama…
Just weeks before her arrest, Parks attended a workshop at the Highlander Folk School, an egalitarian, interracial institution founded in the nineteen-thirties as a training ground for union activists, which became an important center for civil rights activists. At the workshop, attendees were asked to think about what they could do as individuals to challenge the inequalities faced by African Americans in the South. Parks found her answer on Montgomery’s segregated buses just a few weeks later.”—Rosa Parks, one of the most familiar yet least known civil rights icons (via robot-heart-politics)