Archive for March 23rd, 2008
The Eldest and her husband drink only decaf, so the first day I went out to Starbucks to buy a pound of caffeinated coffee, ground. I drank that all week, and when I was getting ready to return home, asked if they wanted to keep it. They said “no” so I brought it home and offered it to The Wife, since she buys pre-ground coffee. She said she didn’t want it because it was decaf. No! Yes. She pointed to the label, which plainly said “Decaf.” That explains why I kept being sleepy all week—I thought it was that I was having time-zone-adjustment trouble.
I learned chess early, and somewhat later learned that I have no gift for the game: my chess expertise never matched my (somewhat modest) Go skill. But I do enjoy the game, and I thought this article by Gabe Schoenfeld (the senior editor of Commentary and a chess columnist for the New York Sun) was worth noting:
1. My 60 Memorable Games
By Bobby Fischer
Simon & Schuster, 1969
The great chess books are great less for their prose style than for their insight into the application of highly controlled violence. “My 60 Memorable Games” was written while Bobby Fischer was still on his steep ascent to the world-champion title — and long before the slide into madness that ended with his death in January. He recounts his eviscerations of some of the most brilliant minds of the mid-20th century. But Fischer was never content with victory alone; he aimed to inflict agony on his opponents — in his own words, “I like the moment when I break a man’s ego.” Where did such ferocity come from? Fischer, who never knew his own father, once explained that “children who grow up without a parent become wolves.”
Just got in: 353 email messages (after spam deletion by Cloudmark). Very good to be home, and Megs seems happy to see me. Much unpacking, etc., to do.
The title reminds me of when Homer Capehart was running for re-election as US Senator from Indiana. His campaign song was “Back Homer Again in Indiana.”