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李敖: 才女与美女如何兼备; Li Ao: Pretty Women vs Brainy Women
Xah Lee, 2009-11-20, 2011-10-04
Some lectures by Li Ao on his talk show.
In the above, he mentioned a book, American Policy Toward Communist China, subtitled “The historical record: 1949‒1969” by Foster Rhea Dulles. amazon It is published in 1972.
Montblanc Fountain Pen
He chatted about luxury Fountain pen, among other things.
In it, he has written a poem, published as a ad, for the luxury fountain pen maker Montblanc (company). The poem goes thus:
附庸風雅情多有 隨波逐流理可無 名牌滿身一身淺 筆底深處見功夫 -李敖題萬寶龍
luxury and elegance, pursues the plebian fashion and show, as waves following waves brandnames allover shallow bodies it's in the marks of pen, reveals true depth (translation by Xah Lee)
Virginia Woolf and Montblanc Fountain Pen
He also talks about Virginia Woolf (1882‒1941). He also mentioned and showed us, that the Montblanc produced a special edition of their fountain pen in memory of Virginia Woolf. Here's a quote from Wikipedia:
After completing the manuscript of her last (posthumously published) novel, Between the Acts, Woolf fell into a depression similar to that which she had earlier experienced. The onset of World War II, the destruction of her London home during the Blitz, and the cool reception given to her biography of her late friend Roger Fry all worsened her condition until she was unable to work. On 28 March 1941, Woolf put on her overcoat, filled its pockets with stones, and walked into the River Ouse near her home and drowned herself. Woolf's body was not found until 18 April 1941. Her husband buried her cremated remains under an elm in the garden of Monk's House, their home in Rodmell, Sussex.
In her last note to her husband she wrote:
Dearest, I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can't go through another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can't concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don't think two people could have been happier 'til this terrible disease came. I can't fight any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see I can't even write this properly. I can't read. What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that – everybody knows it. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can't go on spoiling your life any longer. I don't think two people could have been happier than we have been. V.
He mentioned the unfairness of Nobel Prize. Virginia died without getting a Nobel Prize. In 1938, 3 years before her death, it was given to a women Pearl S. Buck (1892‒1973). Nor was it given to Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy (1828‒1910) (War and Peace, Anna Karenina). Nor the Polish-born English novelist Joseph Conrad (1857‒1924).
On Brigitte Bardot
He also mentioned the french actress Brigitte Bardot (b1934). He mentioned, that when she's old, she does not have any mirrors in her house (unable to stand seeing her old ugly self in comparsion when she's a sex symbol.), and how she became a “animal rights” activist.
粉绵磨镜不忍照， 女子盛时无十年。 —陆放翁(陆游) (1125‒1210)
polished mirrors i dare not look a woman's beauty beams less than ten (translated by Xah Lee)
These movie star ignorant idiots. It's animal rights, or human rights, or this and that donation, causes, helping out, save the world shit, because when they are old, they don't have any content, but still a human animal with vanity and self-worth consciousness. The inane “helping out” behaviors are moves of self-worth redemption.
One story of her cited by Li Ao, is how she castrated a neighbor's donkey because she think the donky is sexually harrassing her female donkey. Here's a quote from Wikipedia:
She once had a neighbor's donkey castrated while looking after it, on the grounds of its “sexual harassment” of her own donkey and mare, for which she was taken to court by the donkey's owner in 1989. In 1999 Bardot wrote a letter to Chinese President Jiang Zemin, published in French magazine VSD, in which she accused the Chinese of “torturing bears and killing the world's last tigers and rhinos to make aphrodisiacs”.
For vids of her youth, see: Brigitte Bardot .
He mentioned about a poem by John Donne (1572‒1631). For the transcription, see: The Bell Tolls for Thee; 鐘為汝鳴.
In this part, he talks about the ex movie star, his ex-wife, Hu Yin Meng (胡茵梦)