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« Reply #1200 on: January 22, 2015, 02:12:51 pm »
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Citizens, a milestone in the history of trolling (and also in the historiography of the French Revolution).
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« Reply #1201 on: January 22, 2015, 03:46:44 pm »
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Just finished Genette's Figures III and I.A. Richards' Practical Criticism, moved on to De Man's Allegories of Reading and re-reading some Flannery O'Connor on the side. Irene Nemirovsky's Suite Française lies waiting next to my bed.
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« Reply #1202 on: January 22, 2015, 08:29:25 pm »
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I'm about a quarter of the way through 1493 by Charles C. Mann.  Somewhat dry, but well researched and interesting.  I had started reading it at the local public library, in short bursts when I took my son to check out books, but eventually I got hooked and decided to commit:  I checked it out last Saturday.  Today we hauled off to Philadelphia, which is a one hour and ten minute train ride each way, and I polished off a big chunk of it en route.  I'm up to malaria and yellow fever in the Virginia and Carolina colonies circa 1620-1750.  It turns out that West Africans aren't so susceptible to the ravages of Plasmodium vivax as are people of British extraction.  Who knew?

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« Reply #1203 on: January 23, 2015, 12:18:32 am »
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George R.R. Martin's "A Dance With Dragons" is my pleasure reading, but I'm also reading "1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus" by Charles Mann at the behest of a teacher of mine.
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« Reply #1204 on: January 23, 2015, 09:05:26 pm »
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I may pick up 1491, if I ever finish 1493.  I am somewhat more familiar with the topics that I imagine would be covered in 1491.  For a long time I enjoyed a serious American fetish, and have read many scholarly and many not-so-scholarly volumes regarding the pre-classic, classic, and post-classic achievements of the Americans, although I have not yet read 1491.  I have visited all the countries in Central America, several in South America, and 22 of the 31 Mexican states, many of them several times.  I once spent nearly three months just backpacking around southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and El Salvador, climbing pyramids, savoring the local herbs, teas, and fragrances, inquiring about the sacbeob and the ubiquitous juegos de pelota, and of course trying desperately lay into the curvaceous and stocky dark-skinned local campesinas--with the occasional success, I might add!  (Emphasis on occasional.)  

No doubt, lots of interesting original culture exists in the Western Hemisphere, and it did not just disappear 500 years ago--although if Jay Leno took his mic out on the streets of New York I suspect that he would find few who would be aware of any of it.  In my observation most of it is overlooked in the ethnocentric curriculum taught in high-school and university history lessons.  The Eurocentrism prevailing in the curricula of US public schools seems to be changing, lately, and I regard that as a good thing.  Nowadays, Asia, the Americas, and Africa are being studied to a much greater extent than they were when I was a university student.  Not that I'm advocating that any of us should bask in the warm glow of White Man's Guilt, but we Europeans have claimed religious, racial, and moral superiority over the rest of the world for at least 700 years with disastrous results.  The fact that your instructor wants you to learn about pre-Columbian American cultures suggests that others feel the same way that I do.  I do hope that you take your reading assignment seriously.

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« Reply #1205 on: January 24, 2015, 04:45:45 am »
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In a Glass Darkly, by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. I'd read 'Carmilla' before but the other stories in it are all new to me.
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« Reply #1206 on: January 25, 2015, 01:00:24 am »
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Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management

I attempted one of her chicken recipes, but discovered that I didn't have arrowroot or pounded mace at hand.
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