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Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Ol’ Robbo caught the original “Tarzan the Ape Man” (1932) with Johnny Weissmuller on TCM last evening. I don’t recall that I’d ever seen it before although I’m pretty sure I saw one or more of the sequels during my misspent yoot. Anyhoo, I am now prompted to go look out the novel(s) by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whom I’ve never read despite my fondness for adventure stories. I’ve an idea that ERB’s Tarzan is somewhat more articulate and complicated than Johnny One-Grunt’s in the film version.

In other news, I’ve swung back round to the Shaara Boys, pere et fils, rereading The Killer Angels and The Last Full Measure. I don’t believe I’ll read them again, as the style becomes highly irritating after a while and I also now notice a certain amount of what C.S. Lewis called “chronological snobbery” in their attitudes toward Victorian “naivete” and religiosity. Think I’ll stick to straight histories and source materials from now on when I want my next Civil War fix.

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