By Neal Thompson
An Amazon top booklet of the Month, could 2013
A Curious Man is the marvelously compelling biography of Robert “Believe It or Not” Ripley, the enigmatic cartoonist became globetrotting millionaire who received overseas status through celebrating the world's strangest oddities, and whose outrageous showmanship taught us to think within the unbelievable.
As portrayed by means of acclaimed biographer Neal Thompson, Ripley’s existence is the stuff of a vintage American fairy story. Buck-toothed and cursed via shyness, Ripley became his feel of being an intruder into an appreciation for the strangeness of the realm. After promoting his first sketch to Time magazine at age eighteen, extra cartooning triumphs undefined, however it was once his “Believe It or Not” conceit and the wildly renowned radio exhibits it birthed that might make him the most winning leisure figures of his time and spur him to go looking the globe’s farthest corners for strange proof, unique human curiosities, and stunning phenomena.
Ripley extremely joyful in making outrageous declarations that in some way constantly grew to become out to be true—such as that Charles Lindbergh used to be in basic terms the sixty-seventh guy to fly around the Atlantic or that “The celebrity Spangled Banner” was once not the nationwide anthem. Assisted by way of an unique harem of woman admirers and through ex-banker Norbert Pearlroth, a loyal researcher who spoke 11 languages, Ripley at the same time embodied the spirit of Peter Pan, the fearlessness of Marco Polo and the promoting savvy of P. T. Barnum.
In a really actual experience, Ripley sought to remake the world’s aesthetic. He demanded recognize in case you have been categorized “eccentrics” or “freaks”—whether it's E. L. Blystone, who wrote 1,615 alphabet letters on a grain of rice, or the guy who may well swallow his personal nose.
By the Thirties Ripley possessed an unlimited fortune, a personal yacht, and a twenty-eight room mansion stocked with such “oddities” as shrunken heads and medieval torture units, and his pioneering firsts in print, radio, and tv have been tapping into anything deep within the American consciousness—a style for the titillating and unique, and a fascination with the quickest, greatest, dumbest and most eldritch. this present day, that legacy keeps and will be noticeable actually television, YouTube, America’s Funniest domestic video clips, Jackass, MythBusters and a number of alternative pop-culture phenomena.
In the top Robert L. Ripley replaced everything. The ideally suited irony of his lifestyles, which used to be devoted to exalting the unusual and weird, is that he can have been the main striking oddity of all.
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TS/FLTR0858]. Autobiography, 47–9. Caird was Master of Balliol, and Jones his successor at Glasgow. Bosanquet taught Collingwood’s father, W. G. Collingwood. 55 A. D. , review of An Autobiography, Manchester Guardian, 15th August, 1939, p. 5. 54 xxxvi boucher and smith: introduction life in full would take a lifetime, and there would be nothing to write about except the act of writing itself. 56 Collingwood’s own view of the autobiographical method was given in advice to R. Q. Nelson. 57 In Collingwood’s An Autobiography, although ostensibly faithful to his advice to Nelson, that is, an account of how problems arose, and of how he dealt with them, both the problems and their solutions are invested retrospectively with a peculiarly political import and significance.
On his time at the Admiralty see Johnson, Peter 2012. A Philosopher at the Admiralty: R. G. Collingwood and the First World War, Exeter, Imprint Academic. C. to Barbara. [TS/FLTR0860]. 52 Collingwood to A. D. Lindsay 20 October 1938. [TS/FLTR0839]. 53 All this speaks vividly of practical engagement as well as academic analysis. It is perhaps not surprising, given the politics of the times, that some of his Oxford contemporaries labelled him a Communist. We suggest in the commentary by Boucher in this volume that Collingwood was more engaged with social reform and political thinking than is generally acknowledged.
His objections to both H. H. Prichard and H. W. B. Joseph, Oxford realists, were that they had become radical sceptics, the former more so than the latter. The realists, particularly G. E. Moore in Cambridge and John Cook Wilson in Oxford, attributed doctrines to thinkers that they did not hold; to Berkeley, and to Bradley respectively. In the early part of the First World War Collingwood’s archaeological work impressed upon him the importance of the questioning activity, as integral to the act of knowing, and not preliminary to it.
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