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Dear Lord Mortmere:
In recognition of your most welcome participation in Anglophiles Anonymous during the year 2009, The Queen has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of the second anniversary of the founding of said fellowship, to issue a Certificate of Warm Appreciation (W.A.) to you on this day, 5 January, 2010.
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Sorry I never responded to your comment. I haven't logged onto Shelfari in a while. I do love a lot of juvenile fiction and young adult fiction. In fact, I have quite a few on my shelf. Most of what I like is pretty old fashioned--Nancy Drew and the like; but recently I've read some more contemporary YA fiction, like 33 Snowfish by Adam Rapp and Crooked by Laura and Tom McNeil. A lot of them are really good--but many are quite racey!
I just finished reading Borderliners by Peter Hoeg and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Based on some of your selections and reviews, I'd be curious to know what you thought of it. Take a look at my review and the description if you get a chance and if it sounds like Borderliners is up your alley, I'd love to discuss it at some point.
Yes!! That's a very interesting insight! I hadn't thought of that. Although I'm not sure "theological" is right. Substitute "The American Dream" for "Jehovah", and you're closer. I am just overwhelmed by that novel. I'm reading the whole "American trilogy" but pacing myself. "I Married a Communist" is very good, but not on the same peak as "AP." "The Human Stain" is next. If you want to know about America, you can't go wrong by reading Roth.
My dear Mortmere, how awful (that you were ill) and how wonderful that you've been nursed back to health by socialist programmes. I myself am all for it here A the P. Was it a case of gout?
No, never heard of Ackerley - must investigate. Have you done your lecture yet?
I suppose there could have been an element of that, but I personally look at it more along the lines of the buried rage and resentment the average feels for the extraordinary, especially when the extraordinary rubs the average's nose in it. I'm not talking just about sexuality, but about his whole glamorous, glittering, conceited persona...he was like a peacock keeping just out of reach of the hounds for so very long....
I only know what I've read on Wikipedia. Normally I am as skeptical about political ideology as I am about religion. One of my guiding principles regarding both is that a solution for a particular time and people is usually not universally applicable. 19th century turmoil gave us the abiding ideologies of the 20th, but I cannot see how anarchism could possibly be of any use in the 21st. The same goes for fuedalism, laissez-faire capitalism, Marxism and Fascism. Just about all of them, I guess. Kropotkin is still adventuring in Siberia as I read, but I know enough about the era of the tsars to keep his ideals in context. Many Americans are like me, pragmatic, whether their nominal political identity tends toward the right or the left. That's how we can elect a screamingly deficient right-wing twit like Geo. Bush followed by a seemingly brilliant liberal like Obama. We distrust right-left ideology, finding it an old-world encumbrance not fitted to this society. If we ever get back to social democracy or any other left reorganization of government, it will need to be seen as the best way to solve the biggest problems, not as an ideology we must don. I'm hopeful that as Obama and Congress try to save the failing industries and banks, they will demand public involvement in corporate decision making. For me Kropotkin is all about history, not possible solutions for present times. But as I say, I'm only halfway through.