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Re: “Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Agree. . . and Karen Black was great in the movie.

Posted by jbw on 01/06/2016 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Was Walt Whitman racist?

"The disdain and calmness of olden martyrs;
The mother, condemn’d for a witch, burnt with dry wood, her children gazing on;
The hounded slave that flags in the race, leans by the fence, blowing, cover’d with sweat;
The twinges that sting like needles his legs and neck—the murderous buckshot and the bullets;
All these I feel, or am.

"I am the hounded slave, I wince at the bite of the dogs,
Hell and despair are upon me, crack and again crack the marksmen;
I clutch the rails of the fence, my gore dribs, thinn’d with the ooze of my skin;
I fall on the weeds and stones;
The riders spur their unwilling horses, haul close,
Taunt my dizzy ears, and beat me violently over the head with whip-stocks."
(From Section 33, Song of Myself)

If the literary worth of writers were judged by how their occasional political/social comments conformed to contemporary preferences, the canon would be cut at least in half. Moreover as far as contradicting himself is concerned (and Mr McNair seems to be troubled by this), Whitman has his own answer for this: "Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes."

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Posted by jbw on 10/21/2013 at 9:55 PM

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