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George Smiley

October 9, 2017

My family has watched the BBC adaption of “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” several times, often during Christmas visits.  My older brother has read all the books, so after many years I followed suit, reading all of them a couple of years ago.   And now, this;

1. Bagehot – – To understand Britain, read its spy novels – – The nature of the establishment, the agonies of decline, the complicated tug of patriotism: spy novels explore what makes Britain British

2. George Smiley is back. Really? – – “A Legacy of Spies”: John le Carré’s latest, maybe last, venture – – The old masters, John and George, puzzle their watchers

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October 9, 2017

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“I’d Walk A Mile for a Camel”

October 2, 2017

For some reason, of all things, I remember this commercial.

“Alferd Packer, you voracious, man-eating son-of-a-bitch. They was only seven Democrats in Hinsdale County, and you ate five of them.”

September 20, 2017

Michener, James A.. Centennial: A Novel (p. 957). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Alferd Packer, who is buried in my home town’s cemetery, was a favorite character of my friends and I as we grew up in Littleton, Colorado.

The context for the quote:

Alferd Packer had been a mountain guide, as mixed up as the spelling of his first name, and late in 1873 for a grubstake he volunteered to lead a hunting party of twenty into the western mountains. When a blizzard struck he got lost with five of the members. The party was snowbound for three months. They ran out of food, so Packer, as the man responsible for the leadership and survival of the group, began eating his fellow sportsmen.

When the spring thaws came Alferd Packer returned, picking his teeth and showing no signs of ordeal, but later the skeletons of his companions were found, each skull showing signs of having been smacked with the sharp edge of an ax.

The macabre episode might have passed unnoticed into history as one more macabre affair along the Continental Divide, except for the memorable charge made by the judge when he sentenced Packer. Whether the judge actually said these words cannot now be proved, but they have passed into the folklore of the state, providing Colorado with its one indisputable folk hero. Said the judge, “Alferd Packer, you voracious, man-eating son-of-a-bitch. They was only seven Democrats in Hinsdale County, and you ate five of them.”

This affair made Packer the patron saint of the Republican party . . . . .

Michener, James A.. Centennial: A Novel (p. 957). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Christo’s Valley Curtain – – Directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Giffard 1974, 24 mins.

July 24, 2017

https://nwfilm.org/films/christos-valley-curtain/

Back when we would to to Snowmass at Aspen for summer vacation, my father would tell us about this fascinating project.