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