August 05, 2011

Clippings (It's August Already!)

Terrain by Caitlin of Sacramento Street

+ Ben Hatke interviewed for School Library Journal about Zita the Spacegirl. (Related.)

+ Miss Hale posted this song by Ella Fitzgerald which is a play on The Waste Land's first line "April is the cruelest month."  YES!

+ Do you know about Blessed Clemens August von Galen?  A bishop of Munster, Germany, he spoke out against the Nazi euthanasia program in the early 1940s, and pursued many avenues (legal, political) to put a stop to the mass murder of the Nazi regime.
The bishop did not hide from his faithful the names of certain places nor his attempts to opposed such crimes, through legal means. For example, von Galen filed a complaint on July 28th with the Prosecutor of Munster, to protest the removal of patients from the hospital in Marienthal to the psychiatric hospital in Eichberg, where they could be eliminated far from prying eyes. He was never contacted about the case. He also wrote a letter to the headquarters of the Westphalia province regarding the hospital in Warstein, from which, the bishop said, 800 patients had already been removed.

“The way is open for the killing of all of us when we are old and infirm and thus unproductive,” to the point that, “no man is safe: any kind of commission could place him on the list of unproductive people who are ‘unworthy of living.’ And there will be no police to protect him, no tribunal to do justice to his assassin and to bring those responsible to justice. Who could have any faith in a doctor? They could determine that a patient is unproductive and then give instructions to eliminate him!” With a clarity that leaves no room for doubt, the Bishop describes in just a few words the result of such a un-appellable, summary judgment on the quality of life of a person based on his capacity to produce or not: simply, the destruction of medicine based on that relationship of trust and conscience, which is the first and fundamental therapeutic resource.
Read the whole article here. See more of his courageous homilies here.  What a remarkable man, and yet, this is the first time I've heard of him.  Sad.  Blessed Clemens August von Galen, pray for us.

+ Alfred Hitcock's first film was discovered earlier this week in...New Zealand?  Via The Courtier.  Also: Hitcock on What's My Line?

+ When I have a coffee shop it will look exactly like this. In the meantime, where can I find those chairs?!

+ Tell me how to buy this book?  I can't figure it out.  GORGEOUS.

+ I saw Terrain being built 4 years ago when I still lived in Pennsylvania.  And now, I am dying to go visit.  Thank goodness for design bloggers. (Above.)

+ Oh for $675 to spare!  This file cabinet is stunning!

+ With her usual humor and incisiveness, Simcha Fisher gives 12 tips for writing clearly (especially suited for bloggers and online commentators).

+ And with her usual humor and incisiveness, Miss Manners writes very clearly about the number one problem with weddings these days: "But apparently the act of getting married is no longer considered an essential part of a 'real wedding.'"

+ Against all odds...Rise of the Planet of the Apes looks smart, and fun!

+ And, let's celebrate some small successes: the reform of the CPSIA Bill passed in congress this week, which means, thank goodness, that it is no longer illegal to sell children's books published prior to 1985 for fear of lead poisoning.  It's taken them 3 years to pass this reform this ridiculous bill, and I am so so glad.  I covered CPSIA on LLB a while back.  Read more about CPSIA here. (Via KBMKL)

1 comment:

  1. Cardinal von Galen was a great man, and it's a shame that so few people have heard of him. You can find more about him at the Guild Review.