Welsh Rugby and summer reading

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I've revisited the Dark Ages: the time before the internet! All promises for my trip to Belfast that I'd be able to access this site (or my email) proved futile. The reasons are too complicated to explain, but the result was a forgotten experience of unobtainablity. I got to like it. Now that I'm back, I see Carl has reminded me of the recent Welsh rugby débâcle. Reading Norman Lebrecht's recent volume on the demise of classical music (Maestros, Masterpieces and Madness [Penguin/Allen Lane, 2007]) brings to mind why self-destruction can sometimes epitomize art and civilization and Welsh rugby! Hubris, too, is a product of the Fall.

What sparked this train of thought was an article in The Guardian newspaper (left-wing paranoia, but the best daily arts pages of any newspaper) reporting what British politicians (MPs), currently on vacation, are reading on the beach. On the left, the number one summer read is Dawkins's The God Delusion; on the right, they are reading the new biography of William Willberforce by the one-time leader of the Conservative party, William Hague (William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-slave Trade Campaigner [HarperPress, 2007]). The contrast is startling, though American readers should note that evangelicals (though thin on the ground) are found on both sides of the political divide. Evangelicalism, like Welsh Rugby, is a minority interest.

Posted August 10, 2007 @ 7:09 PM by Derek Thomas

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