I also have one on an octogenarian but this post is not about Christopher Plummer. I know it sounds strange but I crush on men who are passionate about their calling in life regardless of age. In other words, I like nerds. I especially like nerds who love history and literature and this crush is good at both of those things.
Tonight I was so excited to hear David McCullough at the Metropolitan Museum of Art talk about a few American artists featured in his newest book The Greater Journey. Even if you've never read any of his books - John Adams, Truman - you've probably heard his voice. He narrated Ken Burns' documentary The Civil War and the film Seabiscuit, among other documentaries.
It was a lovely program focusing on John Singer Sargent, Samuel F. B. Morse, George P. A. Healy, Mary Cassatt, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens. There is so much to say about each of these individuals and their accomplishments. I now know that there are 648 works of Sargent's in the Met. The face on the statue of Sherman next to the Plaza is that of a mad man since Saint-Gaudens wanted to literally translate Sherman's quote "War is hell." Also the Angel of Freedom on the statue was apparently noted for her incredible beauty and was a black model. Think about Sherman being led to victory by a black woman. Kind of perfect. The lesson from the lives of these artists is that hard work is necessary to be happy but make sure it's an occupation you love.
I haven't read the book yet but I'm glad about this since everything I heard tonight was brand new.
McCullough is charming, intelligent and could talk about numerous subjects in a way that makes history come alive. He is a giant of a man. Most of all it may be because he spoke glowingly of his wife and introduced her to the audience. He said many wonderful things about her but I loved that he called her his Pole Star.