You Are Invited

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30 thoughts on “You Are Invited

    • “I’ll be your huckleberry”
      Once again, Carl, you send me Googling. Apparently, we know the line from Val Kilmer playing Doc Holliday in the film, β€œTombstone.”
      Interesting side-note, though. At least one historian claims that while Doc Holliday actually spoke the line in real life, Doc really said “huckle bearer.” Which is the piece of hardware on a casket that you carry the casket with. In other words, Doc Holliday was warning Ringo that he was going to put him six feet under.

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  1. Interesting! I can well believe Doc Holiday told Johnny Ringo he’d be one of his pallbearers if Ringo messed with him.

    I’m using it in the playful sense (from “teh internets”): “In the Old West being a huckleberry meant you were game, up for anything. It also meant that you were the one to bring trouble to your opponent. According to Urbandictionary.com β€œI’m your huckleberry” is the rough equivalent of saying β€œI’m the man you’re looking for.”

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  2. victoracquista says:

    This seems to be an appropriate time to quote Marx: “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.”
    (Good thing I’m not a Marxist.)

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  3. I have been officially a philologist, and though this translates from Latin blandly as someone who loves language, it became the term used for one who deeply studies language, word derivations, and yes, how words and phrases have changed over time. In the beginning of my career as a college professor, I joined the Kentucky Philological Association (yes… in Kentucky!), giving my second conference paper at their annual conference. Most of the presentations have been literary criticism essays, but often language issues are the mainstay. Years later, I became their Executive Director for a decade, and currently am the President–though that just means I have to help adjudicate what we publish, and also give the annual President’s speech at the conference, which will be online again. My most recent paper given there was on the onomastics that Barbara Kingsolver plays with in her recent novel, _Unsheltered_.

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  4. (As an aside) The Writers Co-op Anthology keeps reproducing like rabbits.
    Tom Wolosz just sent me a proof PDF of “The Rabbit Hole Volume Four.” Full of good down-the-rabbit-hole stories. Including “Maisie the Moocher” By Mimi Speike, “Night Terror,” and, “Haunted House” by Carl E. Reed, “Sportsman Land” by Margret A. Treiber, “Tobey” by Tom Wolosz, and my own “Molly and the Bandit,” being the true but heretofore unknown story of how the unsinkable Molly Brown met the love of her life.

    “The Rabbit Hole Volume Four” will publish in October.

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  5. @Carl,
    You may appreciate this email I just received from SCOTT D. VANDER PLOEG.

    “Also thanks for the opportunity to join as one of the Writers’ Co-op authors. I’ll look more into it, but it seems an honor I’d be an idiot to pass up. I look forward to knowing the crew better. I note your wry comments about looking up words that Reed posts. If I cause you similar grief, know that it is just an egregious psychomachia of mine: concision and clarity vs perspicacious tergiversation. I once argued with my students over whether I could use the word “ubiquitous” in an essay–they said no.”

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    You reminded me that I have a copy of Tom Wolfe’s “The Kingdom of Speech.” I enjoyed that book but it was controversial. What do you think of Wolfe’s argument that speech, not evolution, is responsible for humanity’s complex societies and achievements?

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    • You didn’t ask me, but I’ll say that speech couldn’t have happened without evolution. I just finished reading The Dawn of Human Culture by Richard Klein. He documents, by artifacts in caves, why homo sapiens, due to small changes in our throats, were better able to speak compared to Neanderthals. This led to improved social organization and cooperation, thus to passing along innovations. Before long we had vanquished the Neanderthals.

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      • True but. We humans have taken the use of vocal chords beyond physical evolution. My guess is that we often use complex sounds to mentally create an image in others of what does not exist so that we can work together to make it exist. I say I’m thirsty and need water so you might give me some. This ability seems to have occurred about (estimates fluctuate) 40-75,000 years ago, based on the explosion of human behaviors that led people to cooperate in agricultural endeavors (about) 10,000 years ago. I don’t know if I’m actually right or just enjoying a reasonable flight of fancy. πŸ˜† But it’s human of me to assume that a flight of fancy can come to illustrate a reality.

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        • I don’t think we’re disagreeing. I would say that our ability to do verbally what you describe grew from changes in our vocal apparatus that emerged at about the time you say. From what I’ve read, these changes emerged over a fairly short period of time, rather than a gradual evolution over myriad years.

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          • Nope, no disagreement here, Mike. Evolution rules.
            Oddly enough, it seems evolution still determines the range of human behavior while language and writing builds a knowledge base that expands. On the one hand, our behavior now is not significantly different from how people behaved in Ancient Sumer. Yet we are on the edge of space travel. As people, we remain the same even as our technology expands.

            Baris Sagir, a Turk living in Germany whose intellect and achievements I admire, sums human behavior up with the phrase, “savage scavengers.” Not quite my take, but, if you were an alien species considering mankind’s history before deciding if you wanted to introduce yourself, we may never meet you.

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        • Sorry, GD. Agriculture is much younger, and full human capacities older, than “40-75,000 years ago. People reached Australia some 60,000 years ago. They cannot have left Africa much later than 80,000 years ago, and the peoples they left were as human as we, spread from the Cape to the Middle East and beyond. Beads and burials go with stories, and these are older still.

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    I understand agriculture started “a little before” before Ancient Sumer. But I remember reports of a change in human behavior “around 40k” years ago. I wouldn’t know of course. But something happened between the millions of years of the stone age and the beginning of agriculture that abruptly catapulted humans into the widespread use of technology.
    Any idea what the cause may have been?

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