Greetings. My name is Elliott and I live in New York City (a/k/a “Gotham“). I have been a linguist, a concert pianist, an information systems leader, and am now enjoying the fruits of my labors. I love beauty, whether in the form of fine art, music, film, fashion, automobiles, interior design or human beings. My particular passions are old master drawings and paintings, classical piano and opera. I have created this blog as a free-form place to record items or events which I find interesting, lovely or enjoyable. I make no predictions as to what might end up here.
I am a current fan(atic) of Downton Abbey. I have willingly suspended reason and placed myself in that splendid Edwardian time and place. As someone said, Downton Abbey’s evocation of the English class system is superficial, a softly filtered view of a selective romanticism. But the fashion and styles are pleasing and the storylines humor one.
I am also fascinated by faceted gemstones. I subscribe to several blogs which trace the history of royal collections and Schatzkammer. I also have a small business in gemstones on eBay. Please browse around at your leisure.
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“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our
political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy
means that one person’s ignorance is just as good as another’s knowledge.” —