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“I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on frivolous youth of today”*…




One of Lapham’s Quarterly‘s  amusing– and remedially instructive– collection of elder laments tough the ages… The worrisome fashions of younger generations: “Kids These Days.”

* Hesiod


As we Boomers say OK, we might recall that it was on this date in 1430 that then 18 year old Joan of Arc was captured.  A heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years’ War, she had claimed to have received visions of the archangel Michael, Saint Margaret, and Saint Catherine of Alexandria instructing her to support Charles VII and recover France from English domination.  In 1429, the unanointed Charles VII sent Joan to the Siege of Orléans as part of a relief army.  She gained prominence after the siege was lifted only nine days later, and became both a rallying point and a military leader.  Several additional swift victories led to Charles VII’s consecration at Reims– a boost to French morale that helped pave the way the way for the eventual French victory.

But in the meantime, on this date in 1430, Joan was captured by the Burgundian faction, a group of French nobles allied with the English, and handed over to them.  She was tried by the pro-English bishop Pierre Cauchon on a variety of charges.  After Cauchon declared her guilty, she was burned at the stake on 30 May 1431, dying at nineteen years of age.

In 1456, a Catholic inquisitorial court examined the trial, debunked the charges against her, pronounced her innocent, and declared her a martyr; Joan was canonized by the Church in 1920.

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Written by LW

May 23, 2020 at 1:01 am

“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood”*…


Sabayon of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and White Sturgeon Caviar

Lyla Hogan (favorite food: “good ice cream in a hard cone”) reviews the French Laundry, which Anthony Bourdain has called “the best restaurant in the world, period.”  (It won that title officially in 2003 and 2004 and is still the #1 restaurant in California and #3 in the country.)  Lyla is the youngest person ever to eat a full tasting menu in the storied dining room.

Given the widespread and well-earned prestige of the restaurant, it’s not difficult to find countless multiple-syllable reviews from professional critics. Bold Italic demonstrates that there is no purer critique than the facial expressions of a teeny tiny child.

[TotH to @nextdraft]

* Tom Robbins, Still Life With Woodpecker


As we obsess about wine pairings, we might send birthday greetings to Macaulay Carson Culkin; he was born on this date in 1980.  Like Lyla, Culkin began his career when he was four years old, appearing in New York theater productions.  He made his feature film debut alongside Burt Lancaster in 1988’s Rocket Gibraltar; then In 1989 appeared in the John Hughes comedy Uncle Buck with John Candy.  But Culkin would skyrocket to fame as Kevin McCallister in Hughes’ 1990 blockbuster Home Alone.  He went on to start in the Home Alone sequels, then in 1991 became the first child star to earn $1 million for a film role in My Girl.  At the height of his fame, he was regarded as the most successful child actor since Shirley Temple– indeed, Culkin ranks number two on VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Kid-Stars” and E!’s list of the “50 Greatest Child Stars.”

Culkin in 1991



Written by LW

August 26, 2014 at 1:01 am

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