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Jan 15, 2023Liked by Greg Olear

Sorry, Greg. I realize that this is not the proper forum to use for this warning. I am considered to be at the extreme reaches of people concerned with Covid fears and you may simply disregard this comment and the imbedded YouTube video. I urge you not to do this and instead take the thirteen minutes required to watch it. The doctor explains a lot of reasons why many of us are so cautious about any exposure to the present Covid viruses. This video was obtained from one of the comments in a Washington Post article this morning. I hope you will send it to other friends and associates whom you care about. Please post it far a wide.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XKE1QcM7WUI

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Jan 15, 2023Liked by Greg Olear

Oscar is a favorite of mine, but had never read this. I love The Picture of Dorian Gray and often feel that the current Republican Party is the corrupted visage of the real “Dorian.” May the truth be told.

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Jan 15, 2023Liked by Greg Olear

I have never read this. Thank-you. The first aphorism and the last pretty much sums it up for me.

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Jan 15, 2023Liked by Greg Olear

Thank you for this, Greg. I may have read "The Picture of Dorian Gray" back in high school, so I'm encouraged now to find it and read it again. I can't, however, thank you for introducing me to Forgiato Blow. Good gods!! In the middle of that too-long article, I had to scroll up to refresh my memory as to how old the guy was -- oh, THIRTY-EIGHT! My adolescence lasted a much longer time than my teenage years, but it certainly didn't last until 38. I also don't have much love for cars as an artistic symbol, but the picture of the Mercedes turned my stomach. How stupid. How childish. Ugh! There truly IS no bottom to these people. The bright, shining silver lining to all of this, that occurred to me as I read, is that at least MOST of the left isn't insane like this. Can you imagine? BEDLAM!

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Jan 15, 2023Liked by Greg Olear

I visit museums whenever possible.

I usually can do a good hour and maybe two.

Three if they have a good resturant and gift shop.

My lady friend of 87 years has a Fine Arts degree from NYU and i like her works.

However i have always preferred the master pieces created by the galaxie gods.

Currently the Hubble and Webb telescopes are providing the greatest art in the ever expanding galleries of the galaxys.

Glad to hear about Dorian.

I thought it was Grey?

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…no wonder people social-climb in New York, since it has more genuine social mobility than London or Paris, where clothes, accents, and manners reveal all too much about origins and where there are no more than three degrees of separation between any two people. Everyone already knows every single bad thing about you. In all three cities, people practice what Paul Valéry called the ‘delirious professions,’ those careers that depend on self-assurance and the opinions of others rather than on certifiable skills. The delirious professions, I’d hazard, comprise literature, criticism, design, the visual arts, acting, advertising, all of the media—but not dance, for instance, where you can either do your thirty-two tour jetés without ‘traveling’ downstage, or you can’t. If you can do them, you can dance in any company in the world without further ado. But all the delirious professions, having no agreed-upon standards, require introductions and alliance, protectors and patrons, famous teachers or acclaim by someone reputed. In short, they depend upon that most mercurial of all possessions: reputation.

—Edmund White

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People’s attention is understandably galvanized on “what now!” Instead of mulling, I’ve gone into mobilization mode. I’m hoping a societal instinct will kick in that’s similar. Order the house, brain and society. Someting good must be happening bc I have a Peacock subscription and already bored with the amazing A+ series …. UNDECLARED WAR, which is terrific BYW (Russian speakers and subtitles) about Russia’s plan to embed code within code to make us react the way they want us to.

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