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Old 01-08-2016, 15:44   #106
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My favorite poem. Had to memorize it in grade eight. I've been at Lake LaBarge. When the wind blows, even in summer, it is flippin' COLD.
Service was an interesting writer. His life was more interesting than his writings; whereas London's writings were way more interesting than his life.
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It's time to let it go.

Go read a good book.

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

https://www.amazon.com/Plainsong-Ken.../dp/0375705856
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It's time to let it go.

Go read a good book.

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

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Nice.
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Re: Jack London - An Inspiring Example for Adventure

Came across a learned tome on the angst of Archie and his friends as portrayed in the early comics compared to teens today. Having read this thread ,it makes more sense now.
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London made his money by selling episodes to newspapers. Nothing new there. Charles Dickens did the same.
I have a special wall for Dickens.
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Bananas don't grow on trees.
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thomm225 gave a good book to read me thinks.
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Something for all -I believe that many here, who shall remain unnamed, are familiar with the classics* in the most academically correct way, which is very similar to, and derived from politically correct. It too stifles thinking for yourself and is focused on group thought in lock step. Hardly the way of most, but not all, cruising folk.

*Classics Illustrated that is. for those of you not old enough, they were comic book versions of classic literature.
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Came across a learned tome on the angst of Archie and his friends as portrayed in the early comics compared to teens today. Having read this thread ,it makes more sense now.
Let me guess, Betty and what was her name never covered his needs, and Archie theirs?

BTW Thomm225, I'd not tried Haruf, but I will give him a read. Thanks.
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always wondered if city london got name after jack london or vice versa ?
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always wondered if city london got name after jack london or vice versa ?
Yes, for sure, all of the followers of this thread will agree unanimously.
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buzzstar needs a new brain for lit, perhaps? Lets open a CrowdSource account to get a library card.

I weaned away from the classics and the academ, and if you read my original posts, returned to them gladly because of all the conjuring and style tricks I found in modern lit. The conjuring bravado macho BS "tough man style" in books like *barf London pushed me to buy a literature gun, made me also realize what was truly missing. And it didn't help my writing. It certainly didn't help my thinking. I also found women writers to be better historically, and pushed that argument. Going further, and saying the mysoginist publishing business is the only reason these male writers were getting any pub. I'm not alone in that argument. Look around. You don't need to be a feminista to believe it. Read the material, really read it.

I fear Kent Haruf will be another let down though -- another one of those Iowa MFA drawing room funks who cannot outdo Carson McCullers, god bless her. Oh look, he drops the punctuation. Oh look, he writes without dialog tags. The reflective spin. The insert of biographic character info. Yup, we might be on the wrong train here folks.

I have no problem in your reading whatever you want. Go ahead, but if you drop a gauntlet like Jack London being the Kings tomatoes and the greatest writer in American history, be ready for Monkey claws because he is a trashy Dick-henz at best. Adventure? Come-on. You can do better with examples.
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Salty Monkey- I guess I am lured back in by your Trump/Clinton -like accusations. I did not raise the spectre of Jack London, let alone suggest the high level of your dreams, but I fully admit I enjoyed reading some, in fact most, of his stories. But then, I actually like reading for pleasure as well as knowledge. Thinking back to those days, I recall reading his mention of cats paws, and finding out what they were in sailing jargon, so I got a bit of both.

As you have undoubtedly noticed, your claws are hardly a threat, being as dull as, and no greater than a thrown verbal tomato (or "tomahto" in your regional vernacular).

I detected in one of your posts a possible departure from this once fine state and a return to your more native habitat. May it occur soon and yours be a long, safe, and enjoyable voyage. The NW passage in reverse perhaps?
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Let me guess, Betty and what was her name never covered his needs, and Archie theirs?

BTW Thomm225, I'd not tried Haruf, but I will give him a read. Thanks.
I believe the other one was Veronica and both apparently products of a sexless age, I don't have the least idea what Archie aspired to with either of them.

I read a lot of Jack London in my younger days and recall enjoying it - ripping stuff mate. Melville's Moby Dick was a very good read and the product of an age where literature often had strong moral themes. For instance Dicken's Tale of Two Cities with it's heroic self sacrifice, For The Term of His Natural Life base treachery on one part and unselfish, undying love on the other.

Betty, Veronica and Archie were post WW2 and pre sexual revolution, the pill did not yet exist and I don't think there was a moral lesson in there anywhere??
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You are correct, but my reply was mostly a polite, "missed the barb," response to TopMast's post, "Came across a learned tome on the angst of Archie and his friends as portrayed in the early comics compared to teens today. Having read this thread, it makes more sense now."

I was (and am) not much of a TV watcher, but was there not a series based loosely on the Archie comics? If so, I think it too was before anything but mild verbal innuendo and visual exaggeration.
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