May 6

Amber pages:

A day for The Immaculte Failure:

Robert E. Peary, Arctic explorer, and Sigmund Freud, psychic explorer, born today in 1856

Orson Welles, cinematic explorer, born today in 1915

Eugene O'Neill, human-condition explorer (and the first playwright to win the Pulitzer Prize four times), born today in 1947

Rabindranath Tagore, Hindu poet and explorer of the mystic, born today in 1861

and each of them took their time, and got as far as they could get in the years that were available to them, and ultimately left their work unfinished, the line uncrossed, the tape unbroken. Whereas:

Roger Bannister: 1954: four minute mile broken (Oxford, England)

and then the mad, mad race to see who could go miliseconds quicker, and then quicker, and still quicker, though going absolutely nowhere different in the process (and the achievement anyway rendered meaningless, when measurement by miles was abandoned in favour of metres...)

and in 1895, the birthdate of the gloriously named Rodolfo Alfonzo Raffaello Pietro Filiberto Guglieimi Di Valentina D'Antonguolla (a.k.a. Rudolph Valentino), actor - but I already have him where he belongs, on February 14

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