Glass whatsits




Glass whatsits

Originally uploaded by Michael Tinkler.

I always find it interesting when I find an architectural detail I can’t put a name to. A lot of the facades in downtown Geneva have this kind of window treatment – plate glass below and leaded glass whats . . . transoms?

Lots of Upstate NY architecture is about getting more natural light into places – hence this kind of thing and oriel windows everywhere.

Just because it was a fraud doesn’t mean it didn’t SELL well.

Remember the woman raised by wolves while she fled from the Nazis, combining two of the most popular narratives of the 20th Century in one fraudulent memoir? She’s back in the news. Maybe she should go to a detox program now.

An author who fabricated a best-selling memoir about surviving the Holocaust by living with wolves asked a judge Thursday to affirm a $32.4 million jury award in her favor.
Misha Defonseca said her publisher is too late to try to overturn the 2001 verdict the author and her ghost writer won in a fight over the book’s profits.
Publisher Jane Daniel claims the jury sided with the authors because they believed Defonseca’s harrowing tale of a tortured childhood was true.
Defonseca acknowledged earlier this year her stories of being taken in by wolves to escape the Nazis, killing a German soldier in self-defense, and walking across Europe in search of her parents were her own fantasies. In fact, Defonseca admitted she isn’t even Jewish.
However, she and ghost writer Vera Lee argue the statute of limitations has expired on Daniel’s attempt to throw out the verdict, and the veracity of the tale is irrelevant.
“Nothing was concocted to defraud the court,” Defonseca said Thursday. “I had been telling my story for years and believed it to be true.”

Renovated Library Goodness!

Just inside the front door – today’s papers! With seating! No more reading off bamboo rods . . . .

From little touches like this to big ideas about fostering student group work and individual research – this renovated first floor has them all.

The occupancy certificate came through yesterday morning, so the new first year students get to see the new Information Commons (I know, ick) in operation their first day!

Hobartiana!




Hobartiana!

Originally uploaded by Michael Tinkler.

My friend Greg Avery (Hobart ’94) bought this commemorative saucer recently on eBay – it shows the Hobart Quad from the south. Because it shows Coxe Hall and Medberry Hall but NOT Williams it must be from 1900-1907 or so. The inscription on the back is barely legible, but he’s doing some research.
Click on the image to go to my Flickr stream, where there’s a detail.

The Lady Vanishes

I didn’t remember how topical Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes was! A governess-with-a-secret escapes from an obscure European country where people speak a mix of German and Italian (or some such) in 1938 . . . I remembered the high silliness and the cricket subplot, which still works.
In a funny way it’s like Geoffrey Household’s Rogue Male or even Ernst Juenger’s On the Marble Cliffs. Plenty of people knew what was coming by 1938 and were talking about it in print and on the screen. Household tries to answer the question of assassination – why doesn’t someone just go SHOOT the dictator? Juenger – well – he’s a sad case. He knew what was coming but hoped honorable men could avert it. Killing the dictator was certainly an option for characters he created, people he knew, and even his own son. It didn’t work, though – any more than it did in Household’s novel.