Eric, I’m heartbroken about The Raleigh. My daughter and ai went there about 6 or 7 years ago and I feel in love with it and South Beach. The decor was beautiful. I’ve been watching to see when it will reopen but no longer. I am so glad I got to experience it. I hope I kept all my photos. Checking phone now …
Linda, it is very heartbreaking indeed. Last I heard, if it is rebuilt, it will be remodeled as a modern “celebrity only” hotel with a high rise built behind the pool. A couple of years ago, all of the furnishings were being auctioned off on eBay; so sad. My wife and I used to visit every year and we took my youngest daughter down for spring break once when she was a teenager. The staff always remembered us and treated us so well… it was an amazing utopia while it lasted.
ROBERT, thanks for sharing about the round-a-bout origins of your interest in nuclear atmospheric testing. Isn’t tangential learning–aka serendipity–wonderful? As Merleau-Ponty said, “That which is sought too deliberately is not obtained.” Good lesson for learning, and for life!
I will seek out Doom Towns along with the other recommendations people made yesterday. I enjoyed your poem as well, and I admire you deciding to enroll in a poetry class on your sabbatical. Thank you for sharing.
XICANO: (Im)proper English, Big Words, and the policing of who gets to use them and when….in one person’s typewriter multi-syllabic words attached to complex sentence structures are “snooty” but in another person’s typewriter they are “thoughtful;” in one person’s typewriter a well-reasoned reply is being a “know-it-all” and in another person’s typewriter it is well-regarded, and the person is advised that it is “seldom useful to reply to critics.” In the language of leaden academe (warning: extra-leaden when coming from a brown typewriter), we are talking about Language Ideologies, my friend: https://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199766567/obo-9780199766567-0012.xml
I hope that last academic reference was not too snooty.
See, also, the Oxford Bibliography entry on Language and Race:
Critical to the understanding that race is a social construction is the recognition that language must play a strong role in assigning racial meaning to bodies (Alim, Rickford, and Ball 2016). This realization has inspired studies of language ideologies that pay careful attention to race (as discussed in the review by Chun and Lo 2016). Research has also explored how this occurs through “covert racializing discourses” that do not explicitly mention race (Dick and Wirtz 2011) but work to produce whiteness and the privileged place of whites within racial hierarchies (Hill 2008).
Kudos on your poem, Robert.
Catalina – my wife was the one who found OTP for me, but fortunately she doesn’t follow it daily so I think I’m safe with my Remington secret. She’s more likely to find it in the garage. Linda – I’ll let you know if my wife doesn’t like the Remington! LOL. And thanks for the kind offer to send some fun paper.