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Random thoughts on T.E. Lawrence

Posted January 22nd, 2011 at 11:16 AM by Diogenes

"You are evidently a dangerous man, most men who are any good are..."
- George Bernard Shaw to T.E. Lawrence

Having just finished Michael Korda's Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia and casually reading through a tiny fraction of the mountain of correspondence which Lawrence maintained throughout his life I've come to a couple of (probably spurious) conclusions. For a start, history and circumstance continually forced themselves on Lawrence, although he...
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Guillermo Kahlo gives his blessing.

Posted January 14th, 2011 at 12:33 PM by Diogenes

This exchange took place while Diego Rivera, the famous Mexican muralist, was courting the artist Frida Kahlo. Frida's father, Guillermo, finally consents:

Guillermo: "You realize she's a little devil."

Diego: "I know."

Guillermo: "She's a sick person and all her life she will be sick. She is intelligent, but not pretty. Think it over if you want, and if you wish to get married, I give you my permission."

Diego...
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