i found a small but nice gallery of John Adams HBO stills and it makes my day :) —here
The British were completely and entirely justified in asking the Colonies to pay a little more in taxes seeing as they had just used a bunch of their own resources in helping them fight a war. The problem was that they had left the Colonists to fend for themselves for so long that they’d learned to govern themselves. The Colonists were completely entirely justified in asking to be represented in Parliament. Both sides had reason able demands but both sides completely overreacted to not having those demands met. And out of this infantile slap fight The United States of America was born.
really the problem no one talks about was the british’s blatant LACk of media usage. they raised taxes without bothering to notify the colonists WHY they were doing so. the justification behind their behavior was not even remotely adequately communicated to citizens, who what were supposed to go along with plans willy-nilly? heeeeck no. yes the british were 100% justified in generating more revenue (they were after all engaged in about five wars) but their fault I think was more of a communication error than a general governing error.
Vladimir Nabokov, teaching his students how to read Kafka, pointed out to them that the insect into which Gregor Samsa is transformed is in fact a winged beetle, an insect that carries its wings under its armoured back, and that if Gregor had only discovered them, he would have been able to escape. And then Nabokov added: “Many a Dick and a Jane grow up like Gregor, unaware that they too have wings and can fly.
Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792)
Sir John Molesworth (detail)
Pencarrow, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Oil on canvas, 102 x 127 cm
There’s a room where the light won’t find you
Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down
When they do, I’ll be right behind you
Portrait of Two Boys, Joseph Boze, 18th century. Detail.
Charles-François-Marie de Custine, Alexis-SimonBelle, 1714. Detail.
Madame Louise-Elisabeth with her Two-Year old Son, Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, 1787. Detail.