Temperatures today reached 107. Tomorrow they're projected above 110. Yesterday I played tennis in 97 degrees. That was bad, but bearable. But 107 is not bearable. I saw a couple walking their dog at 330, on their way back from the gym, and I was filled with anger. Subjecting the bare paws of an innocent dog to the boiling pavement, it's unacceptable. Probably the owners were just stupid, but stupidity is not justification for cruelty.
I spend at least an hour a day watching TV and freaking out. LA is starting more and more to feel like an apocalypse. I don't know why, but I have this impending feeling--something bad is about to happen. An earthquake. I don't know. I watch TV every day to find out what's happening with Trump. I'm unable to accept that he's become the nominee, but if he becomes president--it's unthinkable. That IS the apocalypse. No words can delimn what a disaster he would be.
The brother has written a great review of a book about Dudo of St Quentin. I'm sure none of you need any background about the storied life and times of Dudo. His legacy speaks for itself! Go to Speculum and read it. I'll find the link, probably, pretty soon.
The new Garbage album doesn't do much for me. Why do I keep trusting the reviews on Pitchfork? Because I'm a fool. Rock is an emptied-out husk, really. It's Dixieland Jazz: its every ore has been mined. We need the next new thing. In an interview with Bowie a few years ago, he talked about how if he were starting out now he'd not go into music--he'd try to create something on the internet. Not a Facebook, I don't think, but some kind of interactive art experience. That's going to be the new frontier. Not the Holodeck, exactly, but something along those lines.
Peaky Blinders, on Netflix, shows promise. It speaks to me because I also ran a gambling and betting ring in Manchester, UK, in the 1920s. (Actually I think it's set in Birmingham).
A final trivia question: under whose presidency did the greatest number of new states enter the Union?
Hint: it was NOT Millard Fillmore.