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Old 27-07-2016, 09:54   #46
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The Sea Wolf was my favorite.
Me too. Read it once at the tail end of a 4-year Navy hitch several years ago. Getting ready to dive into it a second time. I wonder how much it has changed over the years.
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"What do I think is worthy in female writers? Do you think I would be easily baited by your childish inquiry? I am no idiot monkey. Do not make a mockery of an intelligent super monkey who also, like you, writes. We can step outside for that different kind of conversation. We can see too if your writing is wall worthy as I pin you to the ground with my hairy arms singing something atonal instead of that Bach crap you mentioned." SM-no pun intended?

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Sentence one: When one makes blanket statements, as you did previously
concerning female writers, a reasonable person would
expect an example from someone who has described
themselves in . . .
Sentence two: as "an intelligent super monkey." Which, must be taken at
its face value irrespective of the fact that you are, indeed,
on a lower, more primal branch of the evolutionary tree.
However, in your modesty, you have at least been truthful
in describing yourself and sincere kudos for the effort. But,
in skipping sentences 3 and 4 we are left with . . .
Sentence five: and referring to, perhaps, the greatest musical genius of
all time as "crap" -- a statement no serious musician or
musical aficionado would ever give credence. But, perhaps,
your musical tastes are closer to the "three chord guitarist"
I mentioned earlier. This, of course, would be truly
characteristic of a simian . . . albeit an atonal one calling
from the branches.

Good luck, safe sailing and may your life be filled with the cacophony of the atonally insane John Cage. Perhaps our readers might confer.
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Old 27-07-2016, 10:15   #48
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The Road by Cormac McCarty was a really good book and movie as was No Country.
The Road was wall worth I am afraid. Total disappointment.

I confess I had fun with NO COUNTRY as a movie.
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I can never trust the credibility of someone who uses Bullwinkle for a profile photo. Obviously, un-american.
And now I seem to have developed a tenancy to "scroll on down" whenever I see a monkey with glasses enter my screen. Please don't change your profile photo sir.
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And now I seem to have developed a tenancy to "scroll on down" whenever I see a monkey with glasses enter my screen. Please don't change your profile photo sir.
the lack of humor is strong in this one.
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the lack of humor is strong in this one.
Nah, just testing the waters
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Sentence five: and referring to, perhaps, the greatest musical genius of
all time as "crap" -- a statement no serious musician or
musical aficionado would ever give credence. But, perhaps,
your musical tastes are closer to the "three chord guitarist"
I mentioned earlier. This, of course, would be truly
characteristic of a simian . . . albeit an atonal one calling
from the branches.

Good luck, safe sailing and may your life be filled with the cacophony of the atonally insane John Cage. Perhaps our readers might confer.
With degrees in musical composition, having had to learn most of Bach's keyboard works, having written endless fugues using his technique which I mastered and know intimately thanks to the best teachers in the world and using subjects based on popular tunes because I was bored shitless after a while and feeling sarcastic, I can tell you he is NOT the last word in musical art.

Unfortunately also, John Cage is nothing but Cormac McCarthy in disguise.
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The locals have quite the narrow minded view on Chris McCandless. Normal small town stuff.
They are totally right. They are realists and I respect them.
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Me thinks this board has gone way way off course. London was a great writer and horrible adventurer. Much like sitting in a sandbox and writing about the Empty Quarter. Which by the way has a totally enchanting coastline to sail along.
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They are totally right. They are realists and I respect them.

But many of them that slammed the kid as an idiot were narrow minded and boring people.

McCandless was a kid trying to find his path and ran out of luck.

Kinda Like John Waterman and some of the other characters from the book Into The Wild

Even the author of McCandless' Story, Jon Krakuaer, had an Alaska Adventure in his 20's that he barely survived (Climbing the Devil's Thumb solo)
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With degrees in musical composition, having had to learn most of Bach's keyboard works, having written endless fugues using his technique which I mastered and know intimately thanks to the best teachers in the world and using subjects based on popular tunes because I was bored shitless after a while and feeling sarcastic, I can tell you he is NOT the last word in musical art.

Unfortunately also, John Cage is nothing but Cormac McCarthy in disguise.

Monkey,
Your statement above is difficult to prove . . . I know many internet geniuses in name only . . . however, back to the subject at hand . . . I thought it was the organ grinder who played the music? . . . The monkey just sat on his shoulder and chirped endlessly and annoyingly. R
P.S. And, I promise those who have witnessed this outrageously banal banter . . . enough. To point: In my opinion, Jack London was a flawed man and a great American writer.
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But many of them that slammed the kid as an idiot were narrow minded and boring people.

McCandless was a kid trying to find his path and ran out of luck.

Kinda Like John Waterman and some of the other characters from the book Into The Wild

Even the author of McCandless' Story, Jon Krakuaer, had an Alaska Adventure in his 20's that he barely survived (Climbing the Devil's Thumb solo)
As a member of the NY Explorers Club, would say that more "adventurers" die on their excursions than successfully make it back alive. Eventually if you keep pushing the boundaries, you seal your doom. The world is unforgiving, and you can not be prepared for all that it throws at you. Which is why most folks "play" at being explorers by going on well trodden paths. Remember that the Universe is saying "Feeling lucky, kid?"
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As a member of the NY Explorers Club, would say that more "adventurers" die on their excursions than successfully make it back alive. Eventually if you keep pushing the boundaries, you seal your doom. The world is unforgiving, and you can not be prepared for all that it throws at you. Which is why most folks "play" at being explorers by going on well trodden paths. Remember that the Universe is saying "Feeling lucky, kid?"
Krakuaer's point in the book and mine here is this kid would have settle down sooner or later but didn't quite make it

Many of us did similar things as young people.

I did the exact same thing as a kid but on the water in POS power boats and got "lucky" still being alive. I learned boating by trial and error. No PFD's; no radio the first few years

My training was lawnmower engines and some kid telling me the rule of the three R's. That's it, and growing up between a bay and an ocean
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Krakuaer's point in the book and mine here is this kid would have settle down sooner or later but didn't quite make it

Many of us did similar things as young people.

I did the exact same thing as a kid but on the water in POS power boats and got "lucky" still being alive. I learned boating by trial and error. No PFD's; no radio the first few years

My training was lawnmower engines and some kid telling me the rule of the three R's. That's it, and growing up between a bay and an ocean
Would take exception to your "many of us did similar things...." Few people really go out into the wild on their own to tease Mother Nature. But your right that luck is about all there is to surviving in ultimate situations. Humans have excellent brains because, well the rest of our bodies are not very good at staying alive. We usually heed our brains and stay away from death traps; some however gladly seek it out.
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Although Bullwinkle, et al. came well after my own youth, I must admit that I do trust a moose far more than I ever did the monkey that took the dime my mother gave to me, bit on it, and gave it to the guy grinding away at the decorated box organ like the tin one my much younger sister later had as a toy. It played, Pop Goes the Weasel, when the handle was turned. That evil monkey inside stopped popping out after an older cousin properly fixed it.
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