Finished: The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis. It was sickening to read about how Trump just didn’t care about a transition, how qualifications didn’t matter for whom he appointed etc., but it not surprising. The takeaway for me was that for all the Trump stuff that shows up in the news, a tremendous number of things don’t.
I said to my bro, hey, we trust Mother Earth to right things when it gets wonky. The “Founding Fathers” built in checks and balances. And then this guy came along…
In another thread I mentioned that “The House of the Rising Sun” was one of my all time favorite songs and another doper posted that Chasing the Rising Sun by Ted Anthony explores the origins of the song.
Once upon a time I would go into amazon and find a good used copy for not too much money. Recently however Mrs. L and I purged a lot of that stuff and it was painful. So if it won’t go on my tablet, I’m against bringing a new book into the house. Wait, that place that loans book? What’s it called, again? Oh yeah, a library. COVID conditions made me wait about 10 days but I got it.
I’m 60 pages in but it’s interesting so far and I like the writing style for the most part. I had read the name “Alan Lomax” associated with the song before. It turns out he would lug this heavy recording equipment around the country and pay people to sing their songs. It reminded me of P.A. Grainger, an Australian who collected English folk songs. Among these was “Londonderry Air,” which many know today by the title from lyrics added later: Danny Boy, another absolute favorite. I don’t know if Grainger paid them—I seem to recall that he got some songs from people on their death bed, meaning that if they died the song would die with them. Or at least, the most authoritative version of it.
I don’t read nearly enough. So even if I’m decades late, I’m a little proud of myself here. I had actually found another title. Barbara Chase-Riboud’s The President’s Daughter is historical fiction I guess. I like having someone put together some what-ifs for me, but of course it’s important to remember that the historic people may not have actually said or done what the author writes. Still, it flows nicely and I like it.
But can I meet these deadlines?