There were at least four major films made about van Gogh : Vincent ; Vincent and Theo; Pride and Predjudice ——-no , no The Pride and the Glory ——- no, no , The Crucible, —-no,no, Lust For Life ; and Vincent , the True Story . I’m sure that there were several other films . Van Gogh is a popular guy .
Van Gogh had a rough life . Well , you know that . And , then there was the ear incident . From the little I know , I know that van Gogh would have been surprised at his fame . Oh , if van Gogh would only know !
I was listening to an Englishman on the car radio today as I was on my way to the Arcadia history museum . ASIDE: The city of Arcadia changed the name , though , from history museum to , I think , cultural heritage museum — a bit more inclusive in design , yet , in my opinion , a tad more exclusive . I’m an old history teacher , after all . History in schools became ” social studies ” back then . Those people who threw that type of verbal smoke are still throwing their omnisciently devastating gas bombs , I guess . Why we can’t have history class , or geography class for that matter , or history museums ? It’s beyond me . But , a lot of stuff is beyond me . That doesn’t make it, necessarily , bad . And , no , I’m not afraid of change . I just don’t see the need for it sometimes . All changes are not good , people . Just saying .
The Englishman was saying something about that old Dutch painter , you know , vG . Saying stuff about van Gogh . Calling him van Guff . I suppose in England the painter’s name rhymes with fluff . O.K. , well enough !
I prefer to know what little I know of van Gogh as if the gh in his name could have been dropped a long time ago , ie. van Go . There’s not enough umph in the sound of van Gough , not rough enough ; like slowly , unexcitingly , persistently rising dough .
I don’t know Dutch ; I won’t try to bluff ; but maybe the Dutch say Gogh and rhyme it with puff , or gruff , or muff . I suspect, however (though) , that the Englishman’s van Gogh , rhyming with buff and other stuff , is a Brit’s mere approximation of the Dutch sound .
ASIDE : Oh , no , by the way , old Vincent wasn’t French . Even I know that much . Try to keep up !
Educated Englishmen , if I may speak off the cuff , often think that they still rule the world —–it may be kind of a cultural/historical type of PTSD , a flashback thing from the old Empire —–and they tend to believe that they , obviously , are , by default ( see , I’ve been hanging around computers ! ) , always the accepted authority , and are , of course , who would dare question , obviously always right . And Bob’s your uncle ( I threw that in —not sure what it means ; it’s a Briticism — for effect ) .
Americans sometimes imitate this hubris . We Americans have taken the concept far forward , too , of course . That’s a discussion for another blog , not mine .
Old vG painted sunflowers , among other subjects . I saw one at the Norton Simon museum in Pasadena . Go , van Gogh , go !
To the Englishman on the radio : Was this stuff too rough ? You’re the guys who spell plow as plough , I’ve noticed , and cookies to you are biscuits . The word cookie is from the Dutch . Did you know that ? Just saying .