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14 October 2010 @ 06:41 pm
You Tell 'Em, Herman  
"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed." - Herman Melville

"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects."
— Herman Melville
 
 
 
Equinoxstephanieb on October 15th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
I thought it was terrific. But I am definitely a Bryson fangirl, so ymmv. It's not a scholarly work, though I always learn a lot from his writing and come away with many thoughts to chew over. He tends to approach his subjects by a meandering sort of path and gets distracted by interestingly shiny things along the way. But his curiosity is infectious, he comes off as a deeply humane sort of fellow, and he has a wonderful voice (authorial and actual).