Happy Wednesday! Halfway through the week! And then on the weekend I just get to crawl into bed and sob and sob (update: my vaccine related hormone surges are still in effect. BE WARNED!)
Reading: Mostly this EXCELLENT analysis my brother-in-law wrote to set the stage for our “Where’s Your Hat Abe Lincoln” discussion on Sunday:
Misti Kenison’s novel brings to life the prominent stalwarts of Union leadership during the First American Civil War. At the end of the book, the reader is left with a succinct summary of each character’s professions and noble deeds. Events of the book lead towards and culminate in what is arguably the most potent speech in American History – the Gettysburg Address. However, I was deeply concerned by Misti Kenison’s character assassination of one of America’s finest presidents.
Throughout the book, we see several noteworthy characters engaged in pressing activities designed to preserve basic human freedoms and the American way of life. Fredrick Douglass, for instance, is encapsulating his harrowing experiences as human property in his autobiography. Harriet Tubman is risking life and limb helping slaves escape on the underground railroad. Thaddeus Stevens is passionately pleading with Congress advancing the abolitionist cause.
In contrast, the book portrays Lincoln as a hat obsessed do-nothing. Honest Abe spends several hours, nay days (as evidenced by the change of time observed by a confident but tired Harriet Tubman leading slaves to freedom), searching for a hat. Throughout the book, his confidants and colleagues have to constantly avoid him so as to not get sucked into his banal trivialities. While preservation of the Union, the vindication of democracy, and the death of slavery are often referred to as the trifacta of Lincoln’s legacy one can’t help but wonder if this “hat-trick” is taken too literary in this book.
As a final comment, all the characters are seen smiling unnervingly, and often idiotically, in grim and somber settings including the grand finale of the Gettysburg address. One can’t help but wonder if someone forgot to remind them that they are living in the midst of the great American Civil War and not the great Civil American War.
In conclusion, I would rate this as a hard skip. Unless of course you are a toddler in which case it is pretty cool
Watching: My parents and I have officially moved on to Poirot as our nightly routine. Which has the problem/benefit of making my parents fall asleep. Because they are old, it is late, and Poirot is the most soothing show in the world. Anyway, I left the room for five minutes last night and this is what I came back to.
Thinking: Life is hopeless and miserable, the sun will never shine again, I will never find joy or pleasure in any activity, I might as well give up all hopes and dreams now because they are destined for failure and despair. Also, it is JUST BARELY POSSIBLE that I am experiencing hormonal mood swings. Or, alternatively, I am finally seeing the Reality of the World.
Listening: Life is hopeless and miserable and the sun will never shine again, so obviously this:
Now, question for you! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, What Are Your Feelings About The Quiet Man?
I kind of like it, even though I know I shouldn’t. It promotes violence, it promotes John Wayne, it promotes an idealistic view of Ireland. But boy is it pretty! And boy is the John Wayne/Maureen O’Hara chemistry strong!
Follow up question, should we remake The Quiet Man and if so, could/should Hrithik star in it?
I honestly don’t know! Could Hrithik pull of tormented muscular man escaping his past? And even if he could, who could be Maureen O’Hara opposite him?