Editor-in-chief and lead dev of Marginálie. Rank amateur.
|Thinking Through Post-Task Relationships||This post is intended to do several things, most of which have been listed as tasks in my task-management system in the venerable free software text editor, Emacs. The first, which will be more or less invisible to the average user, is..|
|Fifty Years of the Troubles: A Journey Through Film||In a nearly empty cinema hall on a passage leading from Vodičková off Prague's Václavské náměstí sometime around 2014, I watched Koyaanisqatsi, a more or less dialogue-less film and, since my thoughts were being led by narrative, plot,..|
|No Stone Unturned by Alex Gibney||My girlfriend, Woodstock, has a name for films like this. A private joke, it takes some unpacking but I suspect that many couples might have their own name for something similar: this is a Psí film. Gloss: she calls me dog, Pes, and..|
|Tony Benn and the Five Essential Questions of Democracy||I had this tab open in Firefox when I started my computer. I had been writing a film review which had turned, rather inevitably, into a reflection on Brexit. While I was struggling with the piece - and it was a struggle - I took in the..|
|Watching the End of Parliamentary Democracy in the UK?||It's 11 o'clock in the evening and I have been working from nine-ish in the morning. I was writing a film review that turned into a long-form essay. I felt I had lost control of it and I probably had. I have been certain, these last few..|
|Holding Patterns - chapter 0||A Husslers player, number 42! - Carling used to know his name - gathered the puck at the bully and swept it back to scoop it and flick it swiftly behind the goal, off one wall, and then the next. The camera moved with it, close to the..|
|A resolution||First, what I can talk about. My cousin is dying in Ireland. He has been ill all of his life. We played together as kids when we went over in the long summer holidays my mother had off from her school in Dudley in the West Midlands. I..|
|The Great Moat of England||It must have been the New Year of 2015 into 2016 - yes, I confirm what seems scarcely credible by looking up Lemmy on Wikipedia, remembering that I chose to wear my Motorhead t-shit as we travelled up following the singer's death - and..|
|Holding Patterns||Candidate <<--<'redacted_to_hash': |e97fb8ee0a829f86d7beb7a8aae467543be0417fa180f77b33cbc3f014e92b35ffb682a25b44b04ee9ed5e12ca2af2df8b9147d2c53ac1a3ed3d40ad9deebdfd|, 'redaction-ledger': 'fight salmon magnesium PARIS isbut NIGEL..|
|Loners / samotáři||I first watched Samotáři in my first steady flat in Prague. It was 2004 and I was in Prague 4 by Michelská bakery sharing with a woman I used to call (in my rudimentary Czech) pink lady for the bright, childlike colours she used to wear....|
For all intents and purposes, for the moment and, should nobody else involve themselves, indefinitely, DandyLion is nothing more than the highly experimental and idiosyncratic software which runs Marginálie. It runs on Python and makes use of the Flask web platform and SQL-Alchemy. It is being written by Marginálie editor-in-chief and lead dev, krozruch.
The tasks listed here may not always be updated on the application itself. As elsewhere, the functionality is still being built. If they are publicly listed here, though, and whether the functionality exists or does not, any reliably positive human interaction relating to a given task may make it more likely to happen.
Not quite as straightforward as it looks. I would like to link Tasks to Posts, but this may not be a straightforward relationship. Sometimes a Post may be the result of a Task. Sometimes it may be referenced in a Post, for example in a Diary piece. Sometimes the task may be an alias for a Post that has not been created yet. It may be that JSON is the way to go rather than a standard foreign key reference.
There's no Markdown in tasks yet, but this is an attempt to figure out the following. I could not get my head around this at all. With any luck, it now works. Entering this in the Flask Shell it appears to be working ok, certainly in one direction, so finger's crossed.
This is a test task relating to a diary in which I sketch out some of the ideas I have for tasks. It also represents some of the essential functionality I hope to develope.
I would like to read this book to track back its importance to me and complete a piece by the name of Unfinished Business. I would also be happy to see some reviews and for anybody to set up a book group etc., but this is not a topical book.
"The author disagrees with the view that only intimate relationships can
provide mental and personal satisfaction arguing that solitude has
I hope to write a function to populate book tasks with various sub-tasks including the writing of reviews, setting up book groups and the like.
"In these captivating short stories we find perfect miniatures of Rosamond Lehmann's fictional world. Themes permeating her novels are echoed here: delicate portrayals of the world of adults as seen through the eyes of childhood, fascination with other families - their otherness, the romance of their separate worlds. These beautifully crafted stories wonderfully demonstrate the genius of Rosamond Lehmann."
I would like to read this myself, but also would be very happy to see submissions and any videos and book group content for this title.
"As well as her eight novels, Angela Carter published four wonderful collections of short stories during her lifetime, and contributed stories to several anthologies. The stories were scattered amongst different publishers, and a couple of the volumes are now out of print. In Burning your Boats they are gathered for the first time; this is a key collection and a major event for Angela Carter aficionados."
I overdosed on Roth some years ago before I read a handful of his major novels. I understand the reasons for that, but would like to read this myself, and it is a good candidate for book groups and submissions.
'In his 2004 novel, The Plot Against America, Roth precisely described the
sinister and chilling nightmare in which the United States now finds
itself... America has not read enough of Philip Roth' Bernard-Henri Levy
'Many passages in The Plot Against America echo feelings voiced today by
vulnerable Americans - immigrants and minorities as alarmed by Trump's
election as the Jews of Newark are frightened by Lindbergh's' New Yorker
When the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh
defeats Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide in the 1940 presidential
election, fear invades every Jewish household in America. Not only has
Lindbergh publicly blamed the Jews for pushing America towards a pointless
war with Nazi Germany, but, upon taking office as the 33rd president of the
United States, he negotiates a cordial 'understanding' with Adolf Hitler,
guaranteeing peaceful relations between the two nations. What then follows
is the alternative America of this startling counterfactual novel by Philip
Roth, who recounts what it was like for his Newark family during the
menacingly anti-Semitic years of the Lindbergh presidency. Jewish families
are shaken violently apart, whilst America is oblivious to its own dark
I would like to see submissions on this collection.
Collects stories by Isaac Babel, including "In the Basement," "Awakening,"
"The Sun of Italy," and "My First Goose," and features notes on the text.
I doubt my own capacity to read this, or even finish it as an audiobook, but, since Marginálie is based in Prague in Central Europe, it would be good to see a variety of reviews of this. I would not even dismiss out of hand gonzo reviews involving failure to complete the novel. After all, Musil didn't finish it himself.
Ulrich has no qualities in the sense that his self-awareness is completely divorced from his abilities. He is drawn into a project, the Parallel Campaign, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph's coronation in 1918.
Given my own origins, I am, as editor-in-chief of Marginálie, interested in seeing submissions of reviews and discussions of books which touch upon Ireland, Ireland's status, and its history. Book groups and submissions of criticism.
A novel describing an Irish boy who lives with his abusive parents.
I have had this for a few years and not yet got around to reading it. I would welcome discussions, submissions of criticism, etc.
"Nervous Conditions brings to the politics of decolonization theory the
energy of women's rights. By now a classic in African literature and Black
women's literature internationally, Nervous Conditions is a must for anyone
wanting to understand voice, memory, and coming of age for young Black
women in Africa." -- back cover.
I began this one night while back in the UK. I was ill at the time and did not return to it once I had the energy to return to the book I had been reading. I did enjoy it and think it would be worth returning to for either book groups and / or submissions of reviews.
"Travelogue, social commentary, and journey to self-discovery, the story of a black Englishman's amazing trek through Dixie to connect with his racial identity."
Review submissions and book group content welcome.
'A masterpiece' MARTIN AMIS 'The best book about homicide detectives by an
American writer' NORMAN MAILER Based on a year on the killing streets of
Baltimore, David Simon's true crime masterpiece reveals a city few will
ever experience. Day in day out citizens are shot, stabbed, or bludgeoned
to death. At the centre of this hurricane of crime is the city's homicide
unit, a small brotherhood of men who fight for whatever justice is possible
in a deadly world.
A "ranter". So said a friend (affiliation: Liberal Democrats) at university, and it is true to a degree. Pilger's arc, nonetheless, is an interesting one, and, honestly, he has been no more wrong, and no more ranty, than the centre of gravity of the mainstream media since this book was written. Besides, which, where he is wrong, we ccan learn from him. For all of these reasons, I would like to see submissions on this and related subjects.
"The heroes of John Pilger's narrative are the many ordinary people he has
witnessed coping with their lives in difficult and often brutal conditions:
dissidents in the Soviet Union; victims of conflicts in Vietnam, Cambodia,
Africa, India, the Middle East and Central America. They also include the
Irish labouring generation of his great-great-grandfather, transported in
irons to Australia for uttering 'unlawful oaths'. It is a vivid, engrossing
and sometimes blackly amusing personal story covering the periods for which
his journalism is renowned. John Pilger has witnessed many of the major
world upheavals of the past thirty years, as well as the daily realities of
injustices normally hidden from society's view. His reporting of these
events has always been distinguished by his tenaciously researched facts -
especially facts that governments and powerful interests would prefer to
keep secret - and by his unerring and always compassionate pursuit of the
I read this years ago. It was, I think, a good place to start investigating punk, though I am not sure it was quite the beginning. I would like to revisit it, and I would also like to see submissions relating to it.
I have not completed this yet. It is powerful - it was indeed rather too much so when I began to read it in 2016. We have moved on from this, of course, though not beyond it as we might have done, but I would be interested to hear what readers think has changed and feel that looking at things from every kind of distance and change in perspective is one of the ways of standing outside of the reverse-chronological trending froth.
Failed to read this years ago - perhaps as many as 20 - when I was really struggling with concentration.
"The first volume of the REGENERATION trilogy which centres around an actual
encounter between army psychologist W.H.R.Rivers and the novelist Siegfried
Sassoon, at Craiglockhart Hospital, during the First World War."
Submissions of criticism welcome.
"This book explores examples of this process of invention and addresses the complex interaction of past and present in a fascinating study of ritual and symbolism."
This was one of the first history books I read. I moved on from it, but would like to return to it sometime. Reviews welcome. It should go with out saying that they needn't be positive.
I am interested in tracking back the current state of Europe to the expansions of the early 2000s and the various dreams of the late 1990s. Submissions welcome.
"Europe is still a divided continent. In the place of a fallen Berlin wall,
there is a chasm between the East and the West. Are these differences a
communist legacy, or do they run even deeper? What divides us today? To say
simply that it is the understanding of the past, or a different concept of
time, is not enough. But a visitor to this part of the world will soon
discover that we, the Eastern Europeans, live in another time zone. We live
in the twentieth century, but at the same time we inhabit a past full of
myths and fairy tales, of blood and national belonging, and the fact that
most people are lying and cheating or that they have the habit of blaming
others for every failure...' An intimate tour of life on the streets of
Budapest, Tirana, Warsaw and Zagreb, as those cities continue to
acclimatise to the post-Communist thaw, Café Europa does not provide easy
solutions or furnish political pallatives. Rather as a Croatian with a
viewpoint of ever-widening relevance, the value of Slavenka Drakulic's wry
and humane observations lie in the emotional force of their honesty and the
clarity of their insight....."
I read most of this years ago. It need not be an especially good book, but takes us back to a rather different period. One where prominant conservative MPs could write chapters called both "Three Cheers for Capitalism" and "Three Cheers for the Welfare State". Criticism welcome. Essays / riffs over since it is unlikely readers will want to read this.
One of several books on Candida I have. I would like to see submissions on the subject of such books with avoid the usual gravity wells.
"The teachings of political theorist Leo Strauss (1899-1973) have recently
received new attention, as political observers have become aware of the
influence Strauss’s students have had in shaping conservative agendas of
the Bush administration--including the war on Iraq. This provocative book
examines Strauss’s ideas and the ways in which they have been appropriated,
or misappropriated, by senior policymakers. Anne Norton, a political
theorist trained by some of Strauss’s most famous students, is well
equipped to write on Strauss and Straussians. She tells three interwoven
narratives: the story of Leo Strauss, a Jewish German-born émigré, who
carried European philosophy into a new world; the story of the philosophic
lineage that came from Leo Strauss; and the story of how America has been
made a moral battleground by the likes of Paul Wolfowitz, Leon Kass, Carnes
Lord, and Irving Kristol--Straussian conservatives committed to an American
imperialism they believe will usher in a new world order."
Another book going back in time to the dreams of Europe from 1990. This looks like it offer an important perspective.
"In this intimate narrative journey, Hoffman returns to her Polish homeland
and five other countries--Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and the two nations
of the former Czechoslovakia--to vividly portray a landscape in the midst
of change. "Alert and intuitive".--The Washington Post."
Another book that could take us back a few years and offer an important perspective on what has been happening, another chronological alienation device. Submissions please.
"The Ukraine is one of the most neglected countries in the world. It has a
population of 52 million - larger than Britain's - and a land mass the size
of France; it also has Chernobyl, and after Russia is the largest nuclear
power. The word 'Ukraine' means 'borderland' and for most of its history
the lands that make up present-day Ukraine have been a collection of other
countries' border regions. Prior to Stalinism and Nazism, Ukraine was
ethnically extremely diverse, including Russians, Poles, Jews, Greeks and
Armenians. Their ghosts linger in language, literature, and architecture,
quite distinct from Russia's."
If you are interested in writing, however and whatever you are interested in writing, you should read all of the Paris Review Interviews you can get your hands on.
"The third volume of the acclaimed Paris Review Interviews, described by
Gary Shteyngart as a 'colossal literary event'"
This didn't win the Booker Prize the year I tried to read the Long List (I managed the short list), and it's easy to see why. It is not technically accomplished, and it is about something. That's flippant, especially as Wolf Hall won that year (I have never struggled so much with a book, but it is extraordinary and I hope to read it again sometime), but a typical Booker book might be said to have it the other way around... In any case, O'Loughlin nails what is wrong with journalism and does for television news something like what Jarhead did for conflict.
One of the premises of this book is that most suicides are preventable tragedies. I would like to see it reviewed and, perhaps, to be the subject of book club-style discussions, videos, and audio.
"An account of the third biggest, swiftest killer of young people in the
Western world. In the closing decades of the 20th century it reached
epidemic proportions. Written by a survivor of a suicide attempt, this
book, whilst exploring the causes, is penetrating analysis of young
Alienation device. But not only that. Reviews and discussions please.
"Born into a family with a strong, radical dissenting tradition in which
enterprise and public service were combined, Tony Benn was taught to
believe that the greatest sins in life was to waste time and money. Life in
his Victorian-Edwardian family home in Westminster was characterised by
austerity, the last vestiges of domestic service, the profound influence of
his mother, a dedicated Christian and feminist, and his colourful and
courageous father, elected as a Liberal MP in 1906 and later serving in
Labour Cabinets under Ramsay MacDonald and Clem Atlee. DARE TO BE A DANIEL
feelingly recalls Tony Benn's years as one of three brothers experiencing
life in the nursery, the agonies of adolescence and of school, where boys
were taught to 'keep their minds clean', and the shadow of fascism and war
with its disruption and family loss; and describes his emergence from the
war as a keen socialist about to embark upon marriage and an unknown
political future. The book ends with some of Tony Benn's reflections on
many of the most important and controversial issues of our time."
The other Churchill. I would be interested in seeing reviews, discussion.
I read this years ago and took notes. Probably literally. The sections on reciprocity in revelations about self, and eye contact (if I recall the latter correctly), were particularly useful.
I really need to review this book. First printed in 1934, it takes as its subject the public school system, largely in the assumption that something so nonsensical can not subsist much longer. Essays by W. H. Auden, Graham Greene, Sean O'Faolain, L. P. Hartley, H. E. Bates, Elizabeth Bowen, Anthony Powell, Antonia White, Steven Spender etc.
I first got this at university. When I went back home to the UK after I was away in the Czech Republic for the first time, I found it wasn't at my folk's house and bought it again. It is a very good overview, it seems to me; readable and very readable.
"Anarchism is a philosophical and political creed which many individuals
have subscribed to over the centuries, and for which many have been
persecuted by other more authoritive ideologies like fascism and state
socialism. There have been anarchist-inspired revolutions - in Spain, in
the Ukraine, in Mexico - which have in turn led to (however short-lived)
anarchist administrations. But anarchism's power has, first and foremost,
been the power of the lone protestor, the dissenter who is unafraid to
expose himself to reprisal for the sake of preaching the real gospel of
liberty, equality and fraternity which so many so-called revolutionaries
usually leave in tatters once they graduate from barricades to corridors of
power. The author argues that the spirit of anarchism is in the voice of
Tolstoy, of Gandhi, of Bakunin and of Godwin, of Camus and of Chomsky."
I bought this at university at the turn of the century where my journalism career began and ended.
"Irrespective of language or culture, good journalists share a common
commitment to the search for truth, often in far from ideal circumstances.
With this assertion, David Randall emphasises that good journalism isn't
just about universal objectives: it must also involve the acquisition of a
range of skills that will empower journalists to operate in an industry
where ownership, technology and information is constantly changing. This
acclaimed handbook challenges old attitudes, procedures and techniques of
journalism where they are seen as cynical and sloppy. This fully updated
edition includes new sections on handling numbers and statistics, computer
assisted reporting and writing for the Web, as well as an extensively
revised chapter on what makes a good reporter, and a new section on
sources. Now more than ever this handbook is an invaluable guide to the
'universals' of good journalistic practice for professional and trainee
I have thought about this book and its theme many times over the past 20 years. I bought it in the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham in 2000 where I was reading up on Manic Depressive Illness over the summer between my second and third years, I suppose it must have been. I discuss it somewhere in Unfinished Business.
"This text critically reviews the literature on attention and emotion, and
offers an integrative cognitive attentional model of the development and
maintenance of emotional disorders. It highlights the similarities and
differences between disorders and offers specific new treatment
implications. The book contains numerous summary sections so that readers
less familiar with the cognitive literature can follow the main issues
without being overwhelmed. The central aims of this work are: to review
critically models of attention and their application to attentional
processes in emotional disorders; To develop an integrative theoretical
framework and model for conceptualizing attentional processes associated
with the aetiology and maintenance of emotional stress reactions; and to
discuss the implications for clinical practice of attentional theories of
I read this on the bus coming home from Prague for thhe first time in maybe October, 2005. Never finished it. It's a fascinating story, and from what I recall, the radical centrist, Timothy Garton Ash tells it well. He was certainly in the middle of it, as indeed, arguably, were a lot of people of a similar ilk. This would be their revolution. I must read it again. Submissions welcome.
"In August 1980, the Lenin Shipyard workers in Gdansk won the unprecedented
right to form independent trades unions in a Communist country. This
account describes the strike and the emergence of Lech Walesa as leader.
The strike and its ongoing effects in the whole Soviet bloc are analyzed."
I started this in Prague years ago and never finished it. I would like to return to it. It was well told, for sure.
"'Robb has written a great biography - scholarly, humane and above all
marvelously entertaining' Guardian Graham Robb's brilliant biography moves
Rimbaud on from his perpetual adolescence where our imaginations have held
him to show the extent of his transformations. From phenomenally precocious
schoolboy he became Europe's most shocking and exhilarating poet, author of
poems that range from the exquisite to the obscene. But this brief, five-
year period as the enfant-terible of French literature is only one small
side of Rimbaud's story. Robb takes us on a biographical journey through
three continents and many different identities. Rimbaud emerges from this
stunning work of biographical scholarship and historical imagination as an
even more complex, ambiguous and fascinating figure than ever before."
"The best book I have ever read on men and war in our time." John Le
Carre "Having read Dispatches, it is difficult to convey the impact of
total experience as all the facades of patriotism, heroism and the whole
colossal fraud of American intervention fall away to the bare bones of
fear, war and death" William S. Burroughs "Splendid . . . he brings
alive the terror of combat in a way that rivals All Quiet on the Western
Front" Tom Wolfe "In the great line of Crane, Orwell and Hemingway .
. . he seems to have brought to this book the ear of a musician and the eye
of a painter, Frank Zappa and Francis Bacon" Washington Post "We
have all spent ten years trying to explain what happened to our heads and
our lives in the decade we finally survived" but Michael Herr's
Dispatches puts all the rest of us in the shade Hunter S. Thompson
"If it were only unconventional journalism, it would stand with the best
there is - but it's a good deal more than that . . . I believe it may be
the best personal journal about war, about any war, that any writer has
ever accomplished" Robert Stone
I had a Christopher Isherwood phase for a spell after university and I should return to it. The diaries were fascinating and I never gave them enough time.
"With these audacious and murderously witty stories, Donald Barthelme threw
the preoccupations of our time into the literary equivalent of a Cuisinart
and served up a gorgeous salad of American culture, high and low. Here are
the urban upheavals reimagined as frontier myth; travelogues through
countries that might have been created by Kafka; cryptic dialogues that
bore down to the bedrock of our longings, dreams, and angsts. Like all of
Barthelme's work, the sixty stories collected in this volume are triumphs
of language and perception, at once unsettling and irresistible."
Pretty sure I read this, but there were so many books in this vein. Possibly worth a revisit.
"From the managing editor of "The Washington Post" comes this news-breaking
account of the CIA's involvement in the covert wars in Afghanistan that
fueled Islamic militancy and gave rise to bin Laden's al Qaeda."
I think I read all of this. I certainly remember having lots of notes at one stage. I would welcome submissions on this theme.
"Brilliantly written, compelling and highly original, The Looming Tower is
the first book to tell the full story of Al Qaeda from its roots up to
9/11. Drawing on astonishing interviews and first-hand sources, it
investigates the extraordinary group of idealogues behind this organization
- and those who tried to stop them. There is the tormented, resentful
Egyptian Sayyid Qutb, who was horrified by the godlessness and decadence he
perceived in America in 1948, and whose subsequent writings turned him into
a martyr for Islamic extremists. There is Ayman al-Zawahiri: a devout
student who, by the age of fifteen, had already helped to form an
underground jihadist cell. There is the deeply contradictory Osama bin
Laden: Saudi multimillionaire turned muhajideen commander, whose interests
merged with al-Zawahiri's to form a global terror coalition. And there is
the FBI's counterterrorism chief, the flamboyant, cigar-smoking John
O'Neill, who found his warnings that 'something big' was coming continually
ignored, and would finally meet his fate in the shadow of the Twin Towers.
Interweaving this extraordinary story with events including the Israeli-
Palestine conflict, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the first attack
on the World Trade Center, Lawrence Wright takes us into training camps,
mountain hideouts and top secret meetings to explore how it all fed into
the planning and execution of 9/11 - and reveals the real, complex origins
of Al Qaeda's hatred of the West.Wright's brilliantly acclaimed book now
includes a new Afterword which covers events that have unfolded since
publication, including the death of Osama Bin Laden"
I must read more comics in general. I know no manga at all! Started this several times. Perhaps I was too close to it at the time.
"Shares a collection of stories about people who do not quite know what they
want and whose wants conflict with their deeper needs and moral sense of
"Dolly Gebler, daughter of a Midwestern pharmaceuticals mogul with a mania
for collecting art, was raised amongst her father's Flemish Masters and
abstract expressionists and is dedicated to the idea that art can change
the world. Her husband Alfred is a poor boy from Brooklyn who now has a
taste for tequila and nightclubs. Together they form the Aurora Foundation
whose mission is to pick out a few artists of genius and bankroll them for
life. Into this world comes Isaac Hooker, a 25 year old Harvard drop-out
with no real direction to his life. After attending art classes, he
stumbles into a job at Aurora and becomes Dolly's genius, for whom she
wants to make everything possible. Fernanda Eberstadt's novel succeeds both
as a satire of the pretensions and posing of the 1980s New York art world
and as a witty, unsentimental portrait of her three central characters."
This turns up in Unfinished Business.
"'Extremely engaging... A book full of good moments and humane insights.'
Alan Ryan, Observer"
"Stuart Christie was at the centre of two events that define a lost radical
period of British history - a period when a large section of the people
thought they could change the world. In 1964, Christie was arrested in
Spain and charged with attempting to assassinate General Franco. The
penalty was death by garroting. He was eighteen, far from his home in
Glasgow, and could speak no Spanish. The worst part was that the charge was
true. Christie was convicted, escaped the death sentence and became
Britain's most famous anarchist. In 1971 he was arrested again, this time
in Britain, suspected of being a member of The Angry Brigade. The Angry
Brigade was an anarchist group that had - while ensuring that no one would
be injured - blown up several London embassies and the houses of prominent
figures in the British establishment. Their trial became a sensational
confrontation between the state and those who tried to overthrow it.
Christie was acquitted. Four others were sent to gaol. Stuart Christie's
story encompasses these two events, and the time in between - when a
sizeable proportion of the people in Britain thought that the whole system
of our society could be changed for the better, if only the right spark
could be struck. It wasn't. People have never thought that way again."