[lit-ideas] Re: On Nip Thievery

  • From: "Julie Krueger" <juliereneb@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2008 18:58:15 -0500

Ah, the heady, intoxicating and slightly mad days of early summer when
dizzying heat and free days explode.

Somehow I think a week or two ago I might have pulled this sweater apart,
thread by thread, but bikinis have not enough yarn to spare and I frankly
have not the ability nor inclination to make sense of any of this.  So
instead I will dream tonight of sword fights over whisky, Swedish maids
wearing pork pie hats pooling in Bali, and children dancing in mud huts with
fruit on their heads.  Of course, all of this will doubtless take place in
Spanish, with a Scottish accent.

Just one question, though -- did War of the Worlds cease to be literature
(or take a hiatus from being literature?) when thousands of people listening
to it broadcast believed it to be factual?  If so, what restored it to
literature-status?  Is the category of "literature" dependent on the reader,
the author, reality as we or any one of us may know it, static or fluid?

I suppose the easiest answer is both all and none of the above.

It's a wonderful night for watching A Midsummer Night's Dream....
preferably Adrian Noble's.

Julie Krueger

On 6/5/08, wokshevs@xxxxxx <wokshevs@xxxxxx> wrote:
> As we had suspected, the mud hut is quite the hovel. And those vacations in
> Bali
> you are forced to endure! Doesn't the university have a faculty association
> or
> union? The children definitely look starved and despondent. Symptoms
> clearly
> attributable to all that fresh fruit they get every day. (Be honest,
> there's
> not a box of Kraft Dinner within a thousand  miles of the house, right?)
> And
> the absence of any pix of the Swedish maid is most telling.
> (What IS that thing in the bathtub?)
> Walter O.
> Quoting Phil Enns <phil.enns@xxxxxxxxxxx>:
> > Walter O. wrote:
> >
> > "What does Phil E's "mud hut" really look like out there in the
> > jungles of Borneo? A description of interior furnishings and maid
> > service would also be appreciated. (I doubt that Phil wears a grass
> > skirt to class. At home, perhaps ...)"
> >
> > In an earlier part of my life, I lived for three years in a mud hut.
> > Well, it was actually two round hovels joined together, but the walls
> > were made of mud.  The thing about mud walls is that you have to
> > protect them from the rain.  Traditionally, one would make the walls
> > low enough so that the roof, usually some sort of woven grass, could
> > hang over far enough to keep the rain off.  However, in my time people
> > were building bigger houses and using paint.  The problem was that
> > people didn't want to spend too much money on paint, understandable
> > given that they often literally had no money.  So, people would try
> > and use as much paint as was necessary.  Unfortunately, they
> > occasionally got the mixture wrong and so every rainy season there
> > would be a few homes where the walls literally washed away and the
> > house collapsed.  We kept a healthy coat of paint on our walls.
> > Another thing about mud walls is that one can't put nails in them for
> > hanging pictures and such.  I tried once and put an inch round hole in
> > the wall.
> >
> > Our walls here are made of brick.  The house would be what I think is
> > known in the U.S. as ranch style.  In our yard we have banana plants
> > and two papaya trees.  And we have lots of ants.  And not just one
> > kind of ant but several.  Ah, the tropics.
> >
> > For those interested, pictures of house, home and environ may be had at:
> >
> > http://picasaweb.google.com/phil.enns
> >
> >
> > Sincerely,
> >
> > Phil Enns
> > Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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