1. Herman Melville, Moby Dick
2. Margaret Wise Brown (Author of Goodnight Moon), The Little Island
3. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man
First, I’m sick of telling Anna Mudd, gee you’re soooooooooo effing talented. I can’t believe it!
And not just because I’m yr uncle. So I’m not getting into that again. All’s I wanna say is: quit yr job, frchrissakes, rent a studio and do soe honest days’ work–like 265 days a year–just turning this stuff out. It’s the least you could do for the family. We don’t do anything else, no facehouse no fritter, no palster.
Anyway, as I said, this stuff is….
This is so amazing. Ben told me about it and it’s really really good. So much talent! No wo/man is an island.
Thanks so much, Nan! It’s an honor to have readers like you guys. (I also finally (with the help of wikipedia) put together that they Julian Huxley who wrote the introduction to Phenomenon of Man is the brother of Alduous Huxley. Quite a family!)
So wonderfully done! I am so glad you had a great time in Portland, though sad i wasn’t able to make it to meet up with you there.
Ah, this is beautiful. i’ve been thinking about drowning islands, how fragile islands are. i heard a climate-lawyer recently dismiss his sholdures and say, well, no one’s gonna save the maldives, we just have to get used to it. they’ll move. he’s worried about the arctic. warfare or cooperation between china, russia, canada, the us and indigenous people. so now the arctic is kind of an island. and the lawyer is his own kind of island. and the islands that were islands may no longer be islands. and those people will be coming onto the mainland, bringing stories and bitterness and anger and who knows what else with them. if the islands disappear physically, will they disappear socially too? or will, without them, we be forced to embody greater island-ness ourselves?
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