Over the green squares of the fields and the low curve of a wood there rose in the distance a gray, melancholy hill, with a strange jagged summit, dim and vague in the distance, like some fantastic landscape in a dream.
Postcard depicting Dartmoor, from Arthur Conan Doyle to his son Denis, August 1920
In 1909 I paid my first short visit to the United States. […] I remember, when walking through the streets of Buffalo, I came across hundreds of workmen leaving a factory. The naïve European traveller I was then could not help remarking to his American companion: “I really had no idea there was such an amazing amount of Indian blood in your people.”
“What,” said he, “Indian blood? I bet there is not one drop of it in this whole crowd.”
I replied: “But don’t you see their faces? They are more Indian than European.”
Whereupon I was informed that probably most of these workmen were of Irish, Scottish, and German extraction without a trace of Indian blood in their veins. I was puzzled and half incredulous. Subsequently I learned to see how ridiculous my hypothesis had been. Nevertheless, the impression of facial similarity remained and later years only enhanced it. As Professor Boas maintains, there are even measurable anatomical changes in many American immigrants, changes which are already noticeable in the second generation.
To a keen European eye there is an indefinable yet undeniable something in the whole makeup of the born American that distinguishes him from the born European.
A season premiere that brought the viewer back into the fold with some decent character development and an eye on the rest of the season; plenty of foreshadowing and recognizable events on the horizon for those who know the story. Better than a lot of Season 3.
STUFF THAT HAPPENED, DEPRESSED STARKS, PODRICK UPDATE and more!
What was the most enjoyable part of the [Glee] process: the comedy, the dancing or the singing? My master class scene because I understood so much about this guy, who was so desperate for validation from anyone. It was fun to construct this piecemeal identity he had where he parses out the things he wants to hear and believe and then commits to them with absolute conviction. Having the commitment to teach these kids that the best way to pull off a dramatic scene is to “point as much as possible” and then make that truthful was not only challenging, but incredibly fun. - Matt Bomer [x]
That’s not the way you walk in real life, is it? Neal Caffrey is one of the few characters on television where you would remark on the way he walks.
No, my god. I wish I was that kind of peacock. Yeah, I locked myself in our guest room for about – I would say like 2 or 3 weeks working on that. And then I would walk around my block and the house. I only had one suit to my name when I got this job – maybe two. And I would put it on and walk around my block. I’m sure I looked like a complete loon in L.A. But I would walk around just figuring out how he moved through the world. We hadn’t even filmed the pilot, but I knew a lot of it was going to play in masters and us walking around together, so I figured I should figure out that part of his physicality. - Matt Bomer [13:00]
Has being out changed anything? Is there any down side to having come out as an actor?
Umm…gosh, that’s such a hot-button question and it’s hard to ask. Because I think it’s so subjective. It is never lost on me how lucky I am to be born at the time I am, and to be an actor at the time I am. I think I’m incredibly blessed, and it’s given me incredible, beautiful opportunities that I may not have had otherwise. So that’s the lens that I choose to look at it from. I mean, is there a cost/risk benefit? Or, you know, just a cost? Sure. But I think you have to be willing to let your authenticity be more important than what it may cost you. And that’s a trade-off that I’m willing to make. - Matt Bomer [9:36]
I have a team of specialists - and it involves a crane - before I do any type of PR. You should see me when I wake up in the morning. I have my husband Simon here with me; he can testify as to what I look like at 6 in the morning when I wake up. -Matt Bomer on his looks [x]
He seems to be very grounded. I’ve been with him for over two years now, and he never seems to get overjoyed about anything—except about maybe kicking somebody’s ass in Sony Playstation. He does take a lot of pride in that.