Gentle Repose



“Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears; and sometimes voices
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again, and then in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open, and show riches
Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked
I cried to dream again.”

– Caliban
The Tempest, William Shakespeare


Photo of Campse Ashe, Suffolk, 1903. From English Gardens in the Twentieth Century, by Tim Richardson.


Dear Readers: A heartfelt thanks to all of you for your votes and words of encouragement on my modest little foray into the valley of Napa, but alas, it was not to be. My millisecond of fame was roundly squelched by a formidable opposition of tweeters, youtubers, and facebookers in a round of buzzes, whines and tweets numbering in the thousands from coast to coast. It was, to put it mildly, a humiliating and deafening defeat. Thus, the above seemed fitting for right now as I depart for a weekend of gentle repose.


My thanks to The Blue Remembered Hills for the above.




~ by eaesthete on 06/26/09.

7 Responses to “Gentle Repose”

  1. Do not despair. You were too classy for this crowd. I mean c’mon
    the lead guy wears a viking helmet!

  2. I think this was more about “eyeballs” than talent or ability.

  3. Because there is something better waiting. It’s almost always the case.

  4. Alas! Another victory of quantity over quality, popularity over talent. The medium is the message, the pathetic sign of our times. No real loss… just gains of respect from your readers. Enjoy your quiet repose far from the madding crowd.

    On another note: I watched Doubt on Blu-ray and all the special features. Thank you so much for recommending. It’s certainly given me much needed clarity, and appreciation for the creative mind behind the production, John Patrick Shanley. I’ve also enjoyed the thoughts and sentiments from the four key actors, and composer Howard Shore. I cannot thank you more.

  5. incredible…. simply wonderful. this aesthetic promises so much.

  6. I concur with other EA readers above….. EA is much too classy for the likes of Murphy Goode. After the dust-up article in the SF Chronicle Business Section last week exposing MG’s rather ill-conceived strategy to hire a ‘totally hip’ media guru through an Internet popularity contest, a la reality TV, Murphy Goode’s management was shown to be a crass, sophomoric, bunch of goofy frat boys on a media binge themselves. It may have gotten some attention from the young FaceBook, Twitter crowds, but those of us who lead more mature lifestyles were not impressed. We will choose wines from the multitude of excellent California wineries that don’t need to – and never would – resort to this kind of media frenzy to gain market status.

    • Dear JG,

      What a heartfelt and warmly appreciated response. While we all tend to rationalize our losses, there are some instances that simply demand closer observation and this has proved to be one of them. It was an ill suited fit and, in truth, I feel certain that would have become apparent at the interview had I made it to that level.

      But thank you for fortifying what I, too, felt in the aftermath. And you are so right about the other excellent wineries in California who practice and observe standards that compliment and enhance what Galileo once defined as “sunlight held together by water.”

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