Paper retracts 1863 criticism of Gettysburg Address

“Seven score and ten years ago, the forefathers of this media institution brought forth to its audience a judgment so flawed, so tainted by hubris, so lacking in the perspective history would bring, that it cannot remain unaddressed in our archives.”

So begins the retraction in the Patriot-News of its predecessor criticism of Lincoln’s Gettsburgh Address, Martin Pengelly writes in The Guardian.

On November 24, 1863, the Harrisburg Patriot & Union published a lengthy editorial in which it lamented “the silly remarks of the President” and said: “… for the credit of the nation we are willing that the veil of oblivion shall be dropped over them and that they shall be no more repeated or thought of.”

We goofed

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Speaking of Gettysburg…

Civil War vetsImage from the Library of Congress.

A Confederate and Union soldier shake hands during a celebration at Gettysburg in 1913.

This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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In good company

In a LiveJournal entry, carole_of_york (Confessions of a Southern Madwoman) picked her “five favorite fantasy and science fiction novels of all time.”

I was delighted that my The Secrets of Jin-shei was one of the five and even more delighted by the company I’m in. Check out her list.

Top 5 list

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Scared Silent

NSA Surveillance has ‘Chilling Effect’ on American Writers, stifling their freedom of expression at great detriment to society according to a PEN America.

one-in-sixAmerican writers are “not only overwhelmingly worried about government surveillance, but are engaging in self-censorship as a result,” Lauren McCauley, staff writer for Common Dreams, reports.

Spying’s chill effects

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Amazing Places to Visit Before Climate Change Alters Them Forever

Some of the world’s most amazing sights are gradually disappearing because of climate change, Kaye Spector reports in Nation of Change.

Taj Mahal
Here, courtesy of Fodor’s Travel, are five places that are on the brink of disappearing or changing forever because of pollution.

See them soon

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If it ain’t broke…Why remakes and spinoffs almost never work

Movies like Disney’s forthcoming “Maleficent” aren’t just lazy — they actually shrink audiences’ imaginations, says Daniel Carlson at Pajiba.

No comment, for now, but what do you think?

Remakes and spinoffs
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