Posts Tagged ‘Maine’

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What I Think

October 6, 2009

Sounds like your adventure was quite thrilling…tilty boat rides, birds, a lighthouse…all very Gulliver-esque. I think this is a travel essay just waiting to be written (some suggested titles “The Maine Event” or “I Went to Maine and Didn’t Even Try to Find Cabot Cove Because I’m Not As Big A Fan of Murder, She Wrote And Indirectly Angela Lansbury As Jon Is”).

That’s what I’m thinking.

I’m also thinking the Brobdingnag part of this book isn’t as interesting to me as the Lilliput part…Gulliver falls in a cream dish, Gulliver almost gets eaten by a dog, Gulliver almost gets eaten by a monkey (okay that was funny), something happens with Gulliver and a bullfrog (at this point I was just skimming). Oh how I miss the tales of extinguishing fires with urine and big piles of poo.

I’m also thinking that I have no idea what this book is satirizing. The back of my Wordsworth Class states “Swift’s attack on the futility of science which is not applied to human betterment in its widest sense, is relevant to today’s post-industrial culture.” What? Am I thick? Where do they mention science? I’m halfway through and nary do I see the “use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc” (that’s the definition of satire my friend–I didn’t just know that, as impressive as that would be. I had to look it up).

Maybe you’re smarter than me (Did I just type that!) if you know what’s going on please feel free to clue me in.

Right now all I’m taking away is “Brobdingnagians smell bad”.

I’m almost through with Part II…next time you hear from me I’ll be on my way to Laputa. Or Balnibarbi. Or Luggnagg, Grubbdubdrib, or Japan (what?).

Until then,
Jon

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Travels, Gulliver-style

September 30, 2009

I have a new found respect for one, Lemuel Gulliver. I recently spent some time on the high seas myself. Admittedly, I was on a brief Lighthouse Tour of coastal Maine as opposed to the long exploratory voyages of Mr. Gulliver, but I am feeling a special kinship with your fictional friend.

Here are some lessons I learned from the sea:

1. “Sea Swell” does not mean “the sea is great.” It actually means: “Don’t get on the boat.”
2. Fear the seagulls. (They out number us on the water, and I think they know it.)
3. Don’t love anything too much.

Here is a picture of my maiden voyage. Do not let the pristine blue sky decieve, the seas were rough and briny that day, my friend. Notice the wave induced angle at which the picture is taken (the lighthouse is not, IS NOT, I say supposed to be at an angle):

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I like your thought of bringing back the literary adaptation to network television. (If the BBC can do, why can’t we?) Here’s a literary adaptation I think we’ve all been waiting for:

Jane Eyre starring Ms. Fran Drescher. We’ve seen her as The Nanny now see her as THE nanny. In a fun bit of stunt casting Charles O’Shaughnessy could play Mr. Rochester and Lauren Lane could play Bertha Rochester.

Whatcha think?

Justin