“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.”
— Thomas Paine, The Crisis, December 1776
I thought “Common Sense” was a HUGE pain to get through but this paragraph from “The Crisis” is great writing. There is flow to the entire paragraph and it lulls you to read more. The rhythm created by his diction (“the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph,” “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly”) makes this amazing to hear out loud. Like my professor said, “Good writing is meant to be read out loud.”
Song of the Day
동방신기 ; HEY! (Don’t bring me down)
I’m starting to get tired of Yoo Young Jin’s lyrics because they’re basically ALL about the same thing, but thankfully this is not about the usual evil-society-don’t-be-sinful topic. This is still a YYJ piece — produced, arranged, composed, written — but it’s not as shout-y, self-righteous, and loud as his other works. I like this song more than Mirotic and am actually really surprised this song isn’t the title track given who’s behind it. YYJ has god-like status over at SM…
I buy too many tote/canvas bags even though they never fit enough of what I need to bring with me every day.
I bought this one from Strand Bookstores the other day. I’ve always like the simple designs on Strand’s bags but I think they recently came out with a few special editions of their bags. My particular one is done by Adrian Tomine, who is a graphic novelist. Pretty cool stuff.
Posted on September 20, 2008 at 12:55 am, under asian pop.
Kim Rae Won was in the first K-drama I ever watched so him and I go waaay back (ahem). And now that I’ve picked up Gourmet, I’m all over him once again. He also makes me want to cook when I’ve never really picked up cooking before, and that’s kind of important. Because I am learning the techniques to survival all the time, ahem.
I actually really like watching him — or just his character, Lee Sung Chan — prepare food more than I like looking at the final product. Of course, the final product is good too, but preparation in cooking makes me excited.
Kim Rae Won is so earnest about his character that it makes everybody else on the cast more fun, more meaningful and it definitely gives a subject like cooking more life. And that’s how you know an actor’s good. :)