November 13, 2020

Release The Kraken




The Den loooves strong, highly competent women so  we are head over heels for Sidney Powell ! At this very second, GSL is riding shotgun with The Good Doctor on the Ohio Turnpike en route to our nation’s capital to express our disgust with Big Media, Big Tech, and The Deep State at the #StopTheSteal rally to support our President. It dawned on me how big this rally would become when trying to book a Chicago to DC flight at half past noon on Priceline...along with 34,000 other people.
#ItisTimeForTheMortalstoPay





November 12, 2020

Orwell's Requiem


This pic of President Truman (who succeeded F.D, Roosevelt) has been in every American grammar school History book since the 1950s.

Brace yourself because things are about to get very interesting. GSL has always monitored developments very closely having watched thousands of hours of Congressional Testimony, read countless reams of analysis from those most in the know and have a network of brilliant & connected contacts in the Intelligence/Legal Arena so have been anticipating what is upon us.  The metamorphosis of Legacy Media (NY Times, Washington Post, Network News et al) going from honest journalism to Trump Derangement Syndrome induced propaganda while aiding and abetting the Deep State has come to a head.

More later.




September 20, 2020

Gender Studies with GSL

 

Jackie from June 1965. Never has a woman been better positioned to change the world for the better than Jackie at that point in time.  I don't fault her for not realizing it but a shame GSL wasn't there to provide guidance on how to leverage her vast power. If you were to privately poll women of any age which 20C woman they most admire, who would surpass the support of Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin, Jane Addams, and Toni Morrison combined? I'd love to ask them why looking fab in clothes designed especially for her by Cassini or Givenchy is more admirable than winning a Nobel Prize in Physics AND Chemistry.
pic from Timmy Jr on Flickr

I had a little disagreement on IG earlier today. The esteemed Mark McGinnis was paying tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and someone I follow (and like) made a valid, but I think misplaced, observation that she didn't understand men who didn't appreciate smart women. OK, fair enough but far more women don't appreciate smart highly accomplished women in the public eye unless they happen to be beautiful and/or glamorous and I'll present evidence.

A couple years ago celebrating 'The Notorious RBG' became trendy with all the Usual Suspects late arriving to what we Crafty Old Pros have known for decades. Her close friendship with ideological opponent Justice Scalia was best reflected in their mutual love of Opera. Of course, the last arrival to the RBG Celebration was that endlessly annoying American-born Duchess who referred to RBG as her childhood inspiration. Somehow that 'Duchess' found 15 women more inspiring than RBG, as she battled cancer, when she did that feature for Vogue...that included Christy Turlington.
pic: Wikipedia

As longtime Den readers (across 6 continents and counting) will attest, GSL is a champion of women of merit due to his strong matrilineal line. My Great-Grandmother was widowed at age 26 when her husband died in the Spanish Flu Epidemic (is it racist for me to call it that?) of 1918.  She had 4 hungry children under 6yo to feed yet she didn't do victim. She began selling insurance in rural Ohio to supplement her teacher's income and sent those 4 children to college. My grandmother & mother were equally strong and resourceful even if their circumstances were less daunting. I have vivid recollections of Mum & Grandma Cooper singing my Great-Grandmother's praises of overcoming the adversity she faced but they never once put her success in the context of men making negative comments or being an obstacle. I'm sure some men did underestimate her and made belittling comments but G-Grammy didn't catalog those slights to pity-party over nor teach her daughters to either. One reason I suspect is because men were usually the buyers of those insurance policies and more often than not felt duty bound to offer encouragement and referrals to a young widow raising 4 young children...just as I would.

From left Grandpa Cooper, Great-Grandmother Long, Uncle David, Mum, Grandma Cooper in Ohio circa 1945. G-Grammy widowed from Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918 supplemented her teacher's salary by selling insurance sending her 4 children to college. As mostly a self taught organist known as among the best in Ohio likely went a long way in convincing potential clients she had the smarts if not the formal biz background of most men.

How many times have we heard the reason some of the best early women writers used male pseudonyms because male owned publishing houses wouldn't publish female authors? Let's put that bullshit to rest and chalk it up to Feminist S & M Fantasies. First of all, Elizabeth Carter, publishing under her own name, earned 1000 pounds, a staggering sum in 1758, for the first English translation of Epictetus. I'd bet the ranch at least 90% of the buyers/readers were men whose purchase was largely due to Dr Johnson's high praise.

Maybe all that male oppression of 19C women writers can be laid at the feet of  'misogynist' George Eliot whose 1856 essay Silly Novels by Lady Novelists expressed disgust over their low quality...yet we've been told women writers couldn't get published?

Here is that 19C misogynist George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) who wrote the nasty essay so dismissive of her sister writers' literary output. Georgey continues to endure male oppression with her Middlemarch considered the greatest British novel by none other than Julian Barnes, Martin Amis, and polls by BBC and The Telegraph.
pic: Wikipedia

Hey girls, perhaps those Whine Merchants in the faculty lounges of Gender Studies (that Camille Paglia astutely notes, incomprehensibly make no allowance for Biological examination) have been peddling snake oil all these years. I think the real reason first rate women writers used male pseudonyms is because they wanted to be taken seriously and not be associated with all the garbage then being published, purchased, and read by women. Dickens knew at once Middlemarch, that he rated highly, was written by a woman.  They'd never say it at Vasser or Wellesley but the best female writers historically had, as their early champions, men rather than women, and valued the readership and affirmation of men over women (ouch!).

Nobel Prize winning Doris Lessing became a Feminist Icon with her touchstone The Golden Notebook.
 After winning Nobel and selling zillions of copies to Seven Sisters idolaters, Ms Lessing attributed GN's zealous acclaim by Feminists as a "hysterical misreading".  Ouch!

GSL thinks it no accident that 'Feminist Icon' Jane Austen has Mr Bennet the parent that appreciates and encourages his precocious daughter's intellectual attainments and Mrs Bennet silly and ridiculous who only desires her daughters marry well.  Jane Austen was mostly educated by her father and brother Henry was her great champion. 

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in possession of a good intellect must be in want of a GSL.

I'll be here all week.


P.S. The Den has been especially disappointed by the neglect female readers have for Barbara Tuchman  and Hillary Mantel .  GSL is also grateful to Peter Hitchens for his recommending the largely forgotten Josephine Tey.