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  1. I just finished “The Daughters if Mars,” about two Australian sisters from the Outback who are nurses. They volunteer to serve in WW I with the medical corps. Pretty sobering.

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  2. (continued) . . . “seems somehow relevant, don’t know why . . .” ( I just went back to get your exact words and then got cut off!). It’s handy to have a guy like Orwell around to help us put that feeling into words that explain so much.

    As to what I’m reading, it’s essays on European immigration to the American West in the 19th century — excerpts for discussion at a series of seminars a history prof friend is conducting here. So far we’ve covered an account of a Morman’s settlement and that of Irish copper miners in butte, Montana.

    Also a heavy article in SciAm by Laurence Krause on gravity waves perhaps providing information on the Big Bang, maybe with whispers about other universes.

    I’ll check out the web sites you included. Meanwhile I hope you enjoy your visit to Zhangjiajie. (I didn’t even know there was one!)

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    1. That’s an intriguing idea, though I think maybe a little narrow. In my view, great writing can show how/that we are all alike, but also how we are different. Making both difference and similarity understandable to a universal audience seems both the crux and the goal of writing. That’s probably more or less what Orwell was saying, albeit in more early-20th-century language.
      I don’t have anything coherent and relevant to say about your readings, but they sound interesting and I’m glad Cascade continues to inspire more investigation for both you and Gram.

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  3. [The “continued” note above, followed what I had written before and then lost because this blog format won’t let you (or, at least, me) leave the comment page for a minute with clicking the “POST COMMENT” button. So now, below, I will attempt to reconstitute from the beginning . . .]

    . . . My apologies for neglecting to comment on your “Army” posting — caught up in preparing artwork for local (Cascade) exhibit. (BTW, thanks for your quick response to my sending a photo of the work to you.)

    But now I want to address the matter of your having included the poem [Author / Title — (I can’t leave this site to find them, you see.)] at the end of your piece. I was reminded of it when reading the program notes for a recent concert here. The author of the notes was commenting on the symphonies of Beethoven and Shostakovich: “Something in their works speaks directly and personally. George Orwell described this quality when he explained how the work of a great write affects the reader:” Read him for [a few] pages and you feel the peculiar relief that comes not so much from understanding as being understood. ‘He knows all about me,’ you feel; he wrote this especially for me.’ It is as though you could hear a voice speaking to you, a voice with no humbug in it, no moral purpose, merely and implicit assumption that we are all alike.”

    I thought there was an echo of that feeling in your introduction to the poem — something like “This seems relevant. . . not sure why.”

    [NOW go back to pick up the “continued” text, in the earlier comment above.]

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  4. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time for reading recently.
    The reading I do get around to consists of:
    emails
    my quantum physics and differential equations textbooks
    spanish history (written in Spanish)
    Al Jazeera
    my writing students’ work
    design process readings for work in the multimedia lab.

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