Saturday, October 08, 2011

Today -100: October 8, 1911: Of messing with Texas, wars, and Cubists

The Mexican consul at San Antonio has been recalled for the high crime of saying that “Texas is hell” after the lynching of a 14-year-old Mexican.

The Italian-Ottoman war continues to spread. Some sort of naval engagement (two different stories in today’s paper give very different accounts) leads to Italian destroyers firing on the Albanian town of St. Juan de Medua.

The NYT Sunday magazine section has an article on Cubism, the first mention of the movement listed in the NYT index (and the second to mention Picasso, “wildest of wild men”). It explains that Cubists “believe that the right way to paint persons and things is to paint them in cubes, squares, and lozenges.” “Is this art or madness? Who knows?” The article continues not knowing for several hundred words.

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