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June 21st, 2012

Writing, Weather, and L. Frank Baum

Writing, Weather, and L. Frank Baum:

http://www.markrhunter.com/2012/06/21/writing-weather-and-l-frank-baum/

“I stood in the back yard and watched while everything around me turned a strange, sickly green, which seemed to glow as if coming from inside everything.”

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK

My birthday gift from last year made me ruminate. But I took some antacid, and I’m feeling better now.

The rumination, which improves with ibuprofen and ice packs, started with The Annotated Wizard of Oz. Emily saw me lusting after it at a bookstore, to such an extent that they kicked me out so I wouldn’t slobber on the pages. This addition of L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s book was heavier than the Obamacare bill and almost as wordy, although much easier to understand due to a great deal of, as you might imagine, annotation.

I’m a fan of annotation. Well, I’m a fan of history, of which there’s plenty as the book covers Baum’s life and the times he lived in, not to mention the original story itself.


But that’s not what caused the rumination, which I’ve just realized is like unwritten annotation. As I leafed through the book, I began to connect the dots. Not literally – nobody’s marking up that book.Collapse )

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