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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

George W. Bush's Heart Laid Bare by a 19th Century French Poet and Self-Described Dandy

"We must be distrustful of the people, common sense, the heart, inspiration, and evidence."
-- Charles Baudelaire, 1821 - 1867, Personal Journals, tr. Wallace Fowlie

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(For some reason -- and maybe I just haven't slept enough lately -- this line of Baudelaire brings to mind George Frederick Watts's 1886 painting Hope, depicting a blindfolded goddess stranded on an orb floating in indefinite space, slumped in despair, plucking forlornly a one-string harp.)

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