Saturday, November 22, 2008

Other: If I Ever Start A Band...

I'm reading Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell. If you're not familiar with Bell, she was to Iraq what T.E. Lawrence was to Arabs in the Near East. Don't blame her for its current state, though; she left it with a stable, if monarchical, government.

Growing up in Victorian England as daughter of the heir to a massive iron works fortune, Bell refused to conform to the strictures that society imposed on women. For one thing, she believed that everyone was entitled to her opinion. Howell refers to her as a "social hand grenade" at dinner parties.

If I ever start a band, I'm totally calling it the Social Hand Grenades.

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