Great novel by Sinclair Lewis, great film adaptation, with great performances on screen by Shirley Jones, Jean Simmons and Burt Lancaster.
In May of 1889, author Mark Twain wrote the following beautiful letter of congratulations to Walt Whitman, the indisputably influential poet behind, most notably, Leaves of Grass. The cause for celebration was Whitman’s upcoming 70th birthday, the imminence of which saw Twain pen not just a birthday wish, but a stunning 4-page love letter to human endeavour, as seen during Whitman’s lifetime.
An amazing read.
Hartford, May 24/89
To Walt Whitman:
You have lived just the seventy years which are greatest in the world’s history & richest in benefit & advancement to its peoples. These seventy years have done much more to widen the interval between man & the other animals than was accomplished by any five centuries which preceded them.
What great births you have witnessed! The steam press, the steamship, the steel ship, the railroad, the perfected cotton-gin, the telegraph, the phonograph, the photograph, photo-gravure, the electrotype, the gaslight, the electric light, the sewing machine, & the amazing, infinitely varied & innumerable products of coal tar, those latest & strangest marvels of a marvelous age. And you have seen even greater births than these; for you have seen the application of anesthesia to surgery-practice, whereby the ancient dominion of pain, which began with the first created life, came to an end in this earth forever; you have seen the slave set free, you have seen the monarchy banished from France, & reduced in England to a machine which makes an imposing show of diligence & attention to business, but isn’t connected with the works. Yes, you have indeed seen much — but tarry yet a while, for the greatest is yet to come. Wait thirty years, & then look out over the earth! You shall see marvels upon marvels added to these whose nativity you have witnessed; & conspicuous above them you shall see their formidable Result — Man at almost his full stature at last! — & still growing, visibly growing while you look. In that day, who that hath a throne, or a gilded privilege not attainable by his neighbor, let him procure his slippers & get ready to dance, for there is going to be music. Abide, & see these things! Thirty of us who honor & love you, offer the opportunity. We have among us 600 years, good & sound, left in the bank of life. Take 30 of them — the richest birth-day gift ever offered to poet in this world — & sit down & wait. Wait till you see that great figure appear, & catch the far glint of the sun upon his banner; then you may depart satisfied, as knowing you have seen him for whom the earth was made, & that he will proclaim that human wheat is worth more than human tares, & proceed to organize human values on that basis.
I admit that I don’t have a refined taste in art, but really?
In November 2006, the painting was sold by Geffen to billionaire Steven A. Cohen for $137.5 million, making it the third most expensive painting ever sold.
And this is the second most expensive: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._5,_1948
The Malaysian team to the IMO 2012 in Argentina has been selected. The announcement was made by the Chairwoman of the IMO Malaysia program, Prof. Dr. Arsmah Ibrahim.
The team members are:
- Anzo Teh Zhao Yang, SMJK Chung Ling Butterworth, Penang
- How Si Wei, SMK USJ 12, Selangor
- How Si Yu, SMK USJ 12, Selangor
- Justin Lim Kai Ze, SMK Tinggi Kluang, Johor
- Muhammad Afiq Noorman, SMK Sultan Badlishah, Kedah
- Tham Ying Hong, Taylor’s College, Selangor
Congratulations to the team. All team members (except Afiq) were also in the 2011 team, so we have an experienced team this year. Wish you guys all the best in Argentina. Make us proud!
The team leader is Mr. Muhammad Ikhwan Azlan, and I will help him as the deputy leader.
For more details about IMO 2012, go to http://www.oma.org.ar/imo2012/ .
When I am in / want to be in epic mood:
Thanks to all the teachers who have ever taught me — you are the role model of society.
And thanks to all who wished me Happy Teacher’s Day today. Even though I am not a member of the teaching profession, I enjoy teaching in my free time.