By Jeff Shesol
"A gorgeous paintings of history."—Doris Kearns Goodwin, writer of No traditional Time and group of Rivals
Beginning in 1935, the ideally suited Court's conservative majority left a lot of FDR's schedule in ruins. The pillars of the hot Deal fell in brief succession. It used to be not only the recent Deal yet democracy itself that stood on trial. In February 1937, Roosevelt struck again with an audacious plan to extend the court docket to 15 justices—and to "pack" the recent seats with liberals who shared his trust in a "living" structure.
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I am in a state of the most absolute mad intoxication. The only thing that really amazes me is that the sky is not blue but pale gray, and that it is not particularly hot. I have just returned from Memphis and am sitting in Alexandria at night, and from the street, through the jalousie, one can hear someone improvising infinitely doleful and languid music on a mandolin. I cannot write, there are too many impressions. [I was] in the pyramid of Menkaure, climbed up Cheops, sailed on the Nile at night: Lord, what ecstasy.
Kuzmin, though at times sorely tried, would remain true to these ideas. Kuzmin read Plotinus selectively; like most writers, he took from him (and others) only what coincided with and bolstered conclusions he had reached already. There are explicit references to Plotinus after 1895, and his name need not appear for the reader to recognize his imprint, as in this letter of]une 8, 1896: "Despite all the variety, I sense beauty everywhere, the same kind that is also incarnated in perfect love ....
It manifests itself most often as an awareness of isolation and a fear of being totally absorbed in art itself: "How strange. More and more I am losing touch with life (in the narrow and literal sense) and everything for me is concentrated in but a few people, books, and all-important concepts. And this does not oppress but somehow cleanses me, and when I see people from the 'world' it seems we're speaking different languages" (September 6, 1895). The lack of many close friends or even acquaintances and the recent death of a lover only enhanced his perception of the artist's essential loneliness.
Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court by Jeff Shesol