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"The Widow and Her Son" - I liked this one. He includes elements of bitter satire against the rich and the pomp of church decor to contrast the humble joys of the poor and elderly who distress without material comforts or elite society upon losing such joy - namely their families.
Mar 28, 2012 01:02PM
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"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" - Though pop-culture has rudely exaggerated various aspects of this tale, I find a certain brand of Americana in Irving's telling - the juxtaposition of the New World, natural tranquility and frightening specters.
Jun 05, 2012 11:29AM
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Ben is on page 329 of 384
"The Angler" - Which method best proceeds knowledge: academia or experience? From one Minnesotan to an insightful writer sketching the image of fishing, look into this...
Jun 04, 2012 01:29PM
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Ben is on page 320 of 384
"The Pride of The Village" - The sweetest obituary I've ever read. Yet, as a sketch, the exaggerated sentimentality hides behind the veil of reality, like a news story.
Jun 01, 2012 04:55PM
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Ben is on page 311 of 384
"John Bull" - A human metaphor the the English identity and character as viewed by an outsider. Who would our American be today?
Jun 01, 2012 11:04AM
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Ben is on page 300 of 384
"Philip of Pokanoket" - If his skin were of a different hue, people would think Irving was beating the worn out drum of heroism. As it is, we need to hear this.
May 31, 2012 12:32PM
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Ben is on page 283 of 384
"Traits of Indian Character" - I admire Irving's thoughtful and eloquent presentation in defense of Indian humanity and disarmament of unjust stereotypes. Yet his tone signifies his time and therefore "civilization", as the white man calls it, remains glorified.
May 31, 2012 11:51AM
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Ben is on page 272 of 384
"Stratford on Avon" - A beautiful account of Shakespeare's home littered with poetic imagery and responsible historical coorelations. I wonder what Irving would think of the popular Shakespearean conspiracy theories of today.
May 14, 2012 01:42PM
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Ben is on page 253 of 384
"Little Britain" - I just witnessed the rise of nostalgia from the roots of a city's origins naturally corrupted. I find such pining hopeless, as it seems all beloved things eventually twist into something awful at the behest of those trying to make it better, only to leave us with that nostalgic longing for what we failed to realize we had.
May 07, 2012 01:29PM
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Ben is on page 238 of 384
"London Antiques" - Such a contrast between outside and inside, ancient and modern, so the reader feels the personal pull of each.
May 07, 2012 12:59PM
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Ben is on page 232 of 384
"The Christmas Quintet" - I'm sweating nostalgia!
Apr 28, 2012 09:51PM
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