The greatest thinkers of our day, the very thought leaders whose contributions to the world of literature and letters that shape the minds of our best and brightest are falling falling falling to time.
This August first we lost the last of the great crusaders in a long line of intellectuals and authors, Gore Vidal.
He had a long history in his 86 years of breaking with traditional fiction of the times. Of his 25 novels, 2 memoirs, volumes of essays, plays, television dramas and screenplays it was his early titles that were by account of many critics considered riske compared to his contemporaries at the time. He paved the way for honesty in the pages of a novel- and was a pioneer who revealed truth, however unwanted was at the time.
He twice ran for office in 1960 when he was the Democratic Congressional candidate for the 29th District in upstate NY, campaigning as aggressively in California as Caesar himself in Gaul- but lost at both attempts.
Gore Vidal was one of the last of the great Titans of the written word and truthfully I fear for fiction and it’s audiences around the globe.
I have here 2 skull rings carved by master silver smith Tony Creed, a southern California based silver carver who has been custom making creative and cutting edge jewelry to rockers and celebrities for decades. Not only is his talent easy to see- he’s has one hell of an easy to get along with personality.
Being passionate in the history of ancient Rome the SPQR on the “destinyman” skull shape was the perfect addition. SPQR is the motto of ancient Rome standing for Senatus Populusque Romanus or For the Senate and the People of Rome. Which was emblazoned everywhere in the old Roman Empire.
Take a look at Tony’s work- and feel free to ask him for custom orders- he’s got the skills, and with the medium of pure silver or gold you cannot go wrong! Who wants a fucking Cartier or Tiffany’s cookie cutter (though I confess ownership of many of both) when you can own a one of a kind hand made masterpiece that actually reflects something about yourself. That was something that I understood right away about Tony’s work. It’s original, it’s one of a kind, and it’s hand made to stand the test of time!
Tony Creed- the man, the master, the skull bringer!
The Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen visited Britain after the war where his friends were at the time harboring a little resentment over the outcome, so they resolved to tacking up a picture of George Washington on the inside of the outhouse door where it would confront the seated occupant square in the face.
He comes out smiling instead of gnashing his teeth in anger and his confused friends don’t understand- they figured that he’d be sizzeling! “Well didn’t you see George Washington in there?” they asked.
“Of course I did,” he replied “And I think it’s the most appropriate place for him.”
“What do you mean?” they asked.
To which he answered something to the affect of, “I can think of no better way to make an Englishman shit faster than seeing General George Washington.”
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