Monthly Archives: June 2014

Smart Society

Drama film “Dead Poets Society” directed by ‘Peter Weir’ in (1989) and starring ‘Robin Williams’. Set at the conservative and aristocratic ‘Welton Academy’ in ‘Vermont’ in (1959) it tells the story of an ‘English’ teacher who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry.

The film was critically acclaimed and was nominated for many awards. The critical reaction to this film has been favorable. ‘The Washington Post’ reviewer called it “solid, smart entertainment”, and praised ‘Robin Williams’ for giving a “nicely restrained acting performance”. ‘The New York Times’ also praised ‘Williams’ “exceptionally fine performance”, while noting that “Dead Poets Society… is far less about Keating than about a handful of impressionable boys”.

“Dead Poets Society” won the ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Best Original Screenplay’ (Tom Schulman). ‘Peter Weir’ received a nomination for Best Director and the film itself was nominated for ‘Best Picture’ of (1989). ‘Robin Williams’ received his second ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ nomination and it has since been widely recognized as one of the actor/comedian best roles.

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We Under The Flag

‘Flag Day’ is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the ‘United States’, which happened on that day in (1777) by resolution of the ‘Second Continental Congress’. In (1916), President ‘Woodrow Wilson’ issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as ‘Flag Day’; in August (1949), ‘National Flag Day’ was established by an ‘Act of Congress’.

On June 14, (1937), Pennsylvania became the first (and only) ‘United States’ state to celebrate ‘Flag Day’ as a state holiday, beginning in the town of ‘Rennerdale’. ‘New York Statutes’ designate the second Sunday in June as ‘Flag Day’, a state holiday.

The week of June 14 is designated as “National Flag Week.” During ‘National Flag Week’, the president will issue a proclamation urging ‘United States’ citizens to fly the ‘American’ flag for the duration of that week. The flag should also be displayed on all government buildings.

Some organizations hold parades and events in celebration of ‘America’ national flag and everything it represents. The ‘National Flag Day Foundation’ holds an annual observance for ‘Flag Day’ on the second Sunday in June. The program includes a ceremonial raising of the flag, recitation of the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’, singing of the national anthem, a parade and more.

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The First American

‘Benjamin Franklin’ born in (1706) was one of the ‘Founding Fathers’ of the ‘United States’ and in many ways was “The First American”. ‘Franklin’ was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

As a scientist, he was a major figure in the ‘American Enlightenment’ and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity.

‘Franklin’ earned the title of “The First American” for his early and indefatigable campaigning for colonial unity; as an author and spokesman in London for several colonies, then as the first ‘United States’ ‘Ambassador’ to ‘France’, he exemplified the emerging ‘American’ nation.

‘Franklin’, always proud of his working class roots, became a successful newspaper editor and printer in ‘Philadelphia’, the leading city in the colonies.

With two partners he published the ‘Pennsylvania Chronicle’, a newspaper that was known for its revolutionary sentiments and criticisms of the ‘British’ policies.

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Orwell Diaries

‘Eric Arthur Blair’ born in (1903) known by his pen name ‘George Orwell’, was an ‘English’ novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and commitment to democratic socialism.

Commonly ranked as one of the most influential ‘English’ writers of the ’20th century’ and as one of the most important chroniclers of ‘English’ culture of his generation. During most of his career, ‘Orwell’ was best known for his journalism, in essays, reviews, columns in newspapers and magazines and in his books of reportage: ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’ (describing a period of poverty in these cities), The Road to Wigan Pier (describing the living conditions of the poor in northern ‘England’, and the class divide generally) and ‘Homage to Catalonia’.

According to ‘Irving Howe’, ‘Orwell’ was “the best English essayist since Hazlitt, perhaps since Dr Johnson”. ‘Coming Up for Air’, his last novel before ‘World War II’ is the most “English” of his novels; alarums of war mingle with images of idyllic ‘Thames-side Edwardian’ childhood of protagonist ‘George Bowling’.

In an autobiographical piece that ‘Orwell’ sent to the editors of ‘Twentieth Century Authors’ in (1940), he wrote: “The writers I care about most and never grow tired of are: ‘Shakespeare’, ‘Swift’, ‘Fielding’, ‘Dickens’, ‘Charles Reade’, ‘Flaubert’ and, among modern writers, ‘James Joyce’, ‘T. S. Eliot’ and ‘D. H. Lawrence’.