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  •  Thank you. Yes, it was a mistake: (4+ / 0-)
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    FDR: I welcome their hatred. Obama: I welcome their advice.

    by geomoo on Fri Dec 18, 2009 at 06:30:51 PM PST

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    •  Oh, yes! (4+ / 0-)
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      Great book, read years ago. Thanks for the reminder--time to read it again.

      If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.--A Boston cabbie, to Gloria Steinem, in the 1970s

      by Mnemosyne on Fri Dec 18, 2009 at 07:03:43 PM PST

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    •  Serendipity (5+ / 0-)

      That link connects as well to M.F.K. Fisher on Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.

      A review citing it says

      I prefer Fisher's writing to that of more recently relocated authors who have moved to Provence and record their struggles to overcome their surroundings. Fisher moved to Provence and accepted it.

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      Which explains how I felt about the Peter Mayles book. He always seemed just a bit too pukka sahib, laughing up his sleeve a bit at the "quaint" natives, and mocking them because they did not conform to his patterns--rather than realizing he was a guest in their country, and it was his place to be quiet and learn.

      If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.--A Boston cabbie, to Gloria Steinem, in the 1970s

      by Mnemosyne on Fri Dec 18, 2009 at 07:12:39 PM PST

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      •  Agreed re Mayles. (4+ / 0-)

        I appreciated Wylie for being matter of fact about his outsider status, and naming things as neutrally as he could.  I'm thinking it would be depressing to note how much has changed in the intervening fifty years, most especially the ubiquity of television and other influences fracturing society.

        I'll have to read Fisher.

        FDR: I welcome their hatred. Obama: I welcome their advice.

        by geomoo on Fri Dec 18, 2009 at 07:24:31 PM PST

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