W.E.B. Du Bois sentences to ponder

Du Bois was born in 1868, the year that Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg had its debut: he died in 1963, when “Surfin’ U.S.A.” was on the charts.  His longevity gives us, I think, a sense that he is more modern than he really was.  It can be startling to realize, for example, that when Khruschev gave him the Lenin Prize in 1959, Du Bois was being honored in the name of a man two years his junior.

That is from Kwame Anthony Appiah, Lines of Descent: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity.

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Too bad he couldn't hang on for Can't Buy Me Love in 1964.

Sorry, I had to.

"he did in 1963": presumably you mean he did dun died? If so at least that's an improvement over the genteelism "he passed". On the other hand it does sound a bit racist.

Cuuuuuuck!

borders are morally arbitrary
is funny thing to say on the 75th anniversary of D-day

Well cucked sir!

well cucked
is that good or not so good?

WEB became a good commie in 1963. And, walking talking proof that only the good die young.

You commenting here is proof enough.

Good one, Tovarich!

His longevity gives us, I think, a sense that he is more modern than he really was (...) when Khruschev gave him the Lenin Prize in 1959, Du Bois was being honored in the name of a man two years his junior."

It is not that simple. If Lenin had lived as much as W.E.B Du Bois, he would have been alive in 1959.

"Their [Russians'] worst misfortune was his [Lenin's] birth: their next worst—his death." - Churchill

These kinds of comparisons are going to get much less striking over time. My oldest living close relative was born in the mid 20s. When she dies, what would you say -- she was born in a more simple, innocent era of short skirts, sexual freedom, organized crime, terrorist bombings, revolutions, Hollywood, jazz, automobiles, airplanes, radio broadcasts, Babe Ruth, Surrealism, and quaint, old-fashioned architecture?

Nah. I'd say "finally the ol' bag has kicked the bucket"

When is Tyler going to do a review of fellow anti-Trump cuckold Ben Shapiro's book?

Reminds me of John Rockefeller. Born in 1839, died in 1937. The quintessential Gilded Age business tycoon lived the entire length of the era, including virtually the whole period of American industrialization.

Have you been looking at Appiah's books on Cosmopolitanism, etc?

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