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The Winston Style
John Rassias used to cite the Surrealist playwrights and assert that if we hadn’t already been writing plays for four or five years, we were too late. One might also say that the qualities of imperiousness, conviction, resolve, vanity and pride were visibly evident in this seven-year-old boy, known to his classmates as “Carrots” for his red hair. This picture and many other wonderful ones appear in Barry Singer’s book, Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill, a slim volume that captures something essential about the man who passed away 48 years ago today: a passion and self-confidence that saved the world.
The book also describes in detail Churchill’s intellectual and sensual breadth, and his “constantly probing and questioning nature”: he was an eager and wide-ranging reader, a happy imbiber of fine wine, Champagne and brandy; a snappy dresser; a polo player (until age 52); a lover of the countryside; a tireless bricklayer; an accomplished painter from a fairly early age until the end of his life; and most of all, an admirer of the English language.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…