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hutch0
Date: 2007-11-12 23:32
Subject: if it's a monday in november, it must be....
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....LOLgrims!

Actually, while I'm here I'd like to put in a plug for Nathaniel Philbrick's Mayflower, which tells the story of the Plymouth Colony from its origins in England to its departure from Holland to the end of King Philip's War, which I had never heard of. It is a quite wonderful book and I think it captures very well the sense of clinging to the very edge of a vast unexplored New World, the way Michael Mann's Last Of The Mohicans did. I had to read the Pilgrim Fathers in my first year at university - Cotton Mather, Jonathon Edwardes, et al - and found them crushingly dull, but Philbrick really brings them alive and I really do recommend the book.

I'm really warming to him. His previous book, In The Heart Of The Sea, details the wreck of the whaleship Essex by one of the whales it was hunting, supposedly the event which Melville based Moby Dick on, but Philbrick - himself a Nantucketer, I believe - gives a lot of detail about the aftermath of the sinking which Melville left out. Again, much recommended.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2007-11-13 00:15 (UTC)
Subject: hat enigma
Wheredja get that photo of me in a hat?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-11-13 00:23 (UTC)
Subject: Re: hat enigma
It was a MicroCon. We dared you.

Edited at 2007-11-13 12:53 am (UTC)
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2007-11-13 05:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"I should note that she's never successfully finished Moby Dick"

Who has?
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2007-11-13 15:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Strangest of all is that this novel which most adults find utterly stifling is given to kids -- not just with the expectation that they'll read it but presented as if it were a rip-roaring adventure yarn of grizzled seadogs and ... and ... and ...

And they wonder why so many people give up reading books entirely on leaving school?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-11-13 21:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I certainly couldn't finish the damn thing, and I had to do it at university. Thank god the edition we were using had a hundred-page introduction. Actually, now I think about it, we did that rather a lot. Which is why none of us got Firsts.

...the theory here being that you can't die with unfinished books on your nightstand. That's delightful; I never heard that before.

The best opening line in American literature is from Gravity's Rainbow. "A screaming comes across the sky." I always liked that.
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