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Lapata’s signatureThanks to Sepoy, my new website is up and running. The website currently displays only the work that will be in the show; my Flickr site will continue to display all my pictures. Some new paintings are not yet posted anywhere, as they will make their debut at the opening on Feb. 7. For those of you who have been asking about buying paintings or prints of paintings, the price list for the show is posted on the website. In a couple of weeks I will post information about purchasing signed, high-quality (giclée), limited edition prints of some of the paintings in the show, for those interested in that option.

The Young Kipling

As you know, The Atlantic has opened up its archives for free – following NYT etc.

I recommend, The Young Kipling, December 1887 – extracts from letters and diaries of a young American girl living in Allahabad and getting to know Kipling.

How Kipling does love those wild men of the North! He calls them his own folk. They are savage, boastful, arrogant, and hot-headed, and these vagrant loafers, snaky-lipped and vulture-eyed, come to pay their respects to him.

Mighty good reading – for yourself or your class.

From the Inbox

The good folks at The Century Foundation sent this word:

Are the United States and wider international community partly responsible for Pakistan’s political meltdown? Even before the year-end slaying of Benazir Bhutto, General Pervez Musharraf’s abrupt imposition of emergency rule triggered a downward spiral in Pakistan, upending the country’s legal institutions and putting in doubt the legitimacy of the electoral exercise scheduled for next month. The U.N. Special Representative on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Hina Jilani, a Pakistani who ironically is now herself in the situation of an embattled human rights defender, led a roundtable discussion at The Century Foundation on 20 December 2007 about Guiding Democracy in Pakistan: Has the International Community Failed?

Leading off the discussion are:
Hina Jilani, Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary General on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, and Secretary-General of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan; and
Mort Halperin, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, and Director of U.S. Advocacy at the Open Society Institute.

CM friend Anil Kalhan makes a lounge-y appearance as well!

And World Public Opinion.Org:

I thought you might like to view the results of a survey of the Pakistani public conducted by in collaboration with, and with financial support from, the U.S. Institute of Peace.

The study probes such issues as:
How much support is there among Pakistanis for democracy?
How wide and deep is support for Islam gaining a greater role in the governance of Pakistan? How much underlying support is there for Pakistan to become a fundamentalist Islamic state?
How does the Pakistani public view the country’s plethora of militant fundamentalist groups? How well do they understand what these groups are doing and trying to achieve?
How do Pakistanis feel about al-Qaeda and the Taliban operating in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)? Do they want the government to try to assert more control of these areas? Do they approve of the special status for the FATA?

To view and download the report describing the findings please visit The press release is also pasted below. A Reuters article analyzing the findings of the poll can be viewed here.

And finally Devin Theriot-Orr and Shahid Buttar sent a Press Release from the Rule of Law Project – a report compiled by the National Lawyers Guild delegation of eight lawyers and law students who recently visited Pakistan and the Lahore University of Management Sciences. The executive summary, as well as a sign-on letter, are posted at The full report: Defending Dictatorship: U.S. Foreign Policy and Pakistan’s Struggle for Democracy [pdf].

My travellin’ ways kept me from the spreadin’ and the notifyin’ ….


We came here from Georgia. Our family did. Horse and wagon. I pretty much know that for a fact. I know they’s a lots of things in a family history that just aint plain so. Any family. The stories get passed over. As the sayin goes. Which I reckon some would take as meanin that the truth cant compete. But I dont believe that. I think that the when the lies are all told and forget the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt. – Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men, p. 123.

A vigilant epistemology will guard here against the illusion of believing that what we call a fact coincides with what really happened, or with the living memory of eyewitnesses, as if the facts lay sleeping in the documents until the historians extracted them. – Paul Ricoeur, Memory, History, Forgetting, p. 178.