Here's some Vivaldi.
Hercule has been in suspense all week.
And now to relieve you all of the suspense you've been feeling all this week:
Last week our music library at the University where I work decided to give away all their vinyl records. They were free to anyone who wanted any as long as they promised not to sell them.
I waited until the students got what they wanted and took the rest. I am now the proud owner of over 500 classical records, most of them in prime condition.
It took some rearranging, but I got most of them on the bottom shelf of the dining room bookshelf.
The ones I am currently listening to are under the table in my work room:
My record player is in my work room where the birds, pigs and I can enjoy them.
All I need is a tower and I could run my own Classical Radio station. The only drawback is having to jump up every ten minutes to change sides.
But I'm not complaining. It's said that vinyl has a "warmer" sound than digital. Maybe it's a cognitive bias, but I think it's true.
I do not know if this is the best biography of Lawrence of Arabia, but I certainly felt I learned a lot about the Middle East during WWI and Lawrence's role in helping the Arabs and consequently the British gain control of several of the Arab countries and bring about the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
This book does not glamorize, nor romanticize Lawrence's life, nor T.H. Lawrence as a person, but neither did it seem slanted the other way. Lawrence is enigmatic as a person, but also quite fierce as a warrior.
War is brutal and Lawrence had to act brutally as well as be brutalized. We gain a lot of insight in just how inhumane soldiers can be to each other. Think of the most inhumane practices you can imagine and then double it and you have how the Arabs treated their enemies. Double it again and you gain an idea of how vilely the Turks treated their enemies.
And then there were the western countries who fought through the Arabs (the British, the French) and those that fought through the Turks (the Germans, and the Russians) in order to gain access to valuable oil land and sea ports. It allows one to gain insight as to how leadership in various countries, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey was appointed and why the Middle East has the sort of 0leaders it has today.
Considering the profoundly significant role these countries play today in world events, it behooves all of us to learn the history of the Middle East.