Harold Macmillan, Prime Minister of the UK from 1957-1963

Macmillan served with distinction as a captain in the Grenadier Guards during the First World War, and was wounded on three occasions. During the Battle of the Somme, he spent an entire day wounded and lying in a slit trench with a bullet in his pelvis, reading the classical playwright Aeschylus in the original Greek.

Good Story About Louis CK

I was reading this compilation of Louis CK quotes, which led me to this reddit AMA, where a neat story emerges, one I had not heard.  Formatting is better at the source but this should be followable:

[–]ryeandginger 1705 points 1 year ago

I worked as a PA at a show of yours in Toronto. You were doing two shows that night and during the break a girl came to the stage door and when you came out she said (in front of half a dozen other fans, and myself who was holding the door for you) that she lived nearby and wanted to have sex with you before the next show started. You laughed and said thank you, and when you came back inside you told me this never happens.

That was a few years ago. Does it happen a lot now?

[–]iamlouisckLouis CK[S] 2100 points 1 year ago

haha. i remember that. are you female? Because the funny thing is I remember there was a young working woman standing there with a walkie on her hip as this kind of desperate (not uncute) young girls is openly offering to fuck me. I remember the juxtoposition. When you’re a dad, you see every grown female, especially young ones, as possible models for your daughter’s future. I remember thinking that I would never let this working woman down by fucking this chick between shows. Plus I don’t do that.
anyway maybe it wasn’t you. are you sure you’re not the woman who offered to blow me?
How has it changed?
I don’t really hang around after shows. I bolt.
I think the idea of fucking someone who just watched you perform is… it’s just not me. I mean, keep trying ladies. You never know! Maybe next time there won’t be a well adjusted and bright young woman acting as my concious and ruining what may have been a terrificly depressing blowjob! 

[–]spankymuffin 1401 points 1 year ago

ryeandginger, you goddamn cock-block…

[–]ryeandginger 1193 points 1 year ago

I’m sorry! It probably didn’t help (the daughter-imagery) that I also have red hair. Oops.

[–]tinynf89 1135 points 1 year ago

You and Louis C.K. shared a memorable moment and then recounted years later in incredible detail, that is so awesome.

[–]ryeandginger 740 points 1 year ago

I was fairly certain it was only memorable to me. I was also fairly certain that it would get lost in a sea of actualquestions.

…but “well-adjusted and bright”! Years later. Even if he’s making that part up, it made my day.

(photo by Gillian Laub for Time.)

The price of pigs

A Cambridge tutor had once informed Judt that the true historian knows the price of pigs at the time and place he is studying, and Judt could claim to have known just that, the price of pigs at market in the Var département over several decades.

from this TLS article.  This photo, from wikipedia’s article on “pigs,” is captioned “Swedish performer with piglet.  Early 20th century.”

The Barbarians (Max Ernst, 1937)

A recent Artwork of the Day at the Met.