Letter from . . . March 2015
Barbarians among the ruins
On the sad state of the West English town.
An old chapel in Cheltenham is now home to the chain of bars Revolution. via.
The first entry in Simon Leys’s idiosyncratic and highly personal book of quotations, Les idées des autres (Other People’s Ideas), is from Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian Antarctic explorer who, thanks to his meticulous organization, was the first man to reach the South Pole, not only beating Captain Scott to it but—unlike Scott—living to tell the tale. “Incompetence,” he said, “is the origin of adventure.” (This was hubris, and he paid for it. He died in a Polar...
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