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Saturday, 30 April 2022


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Although I didn't comment, your Lincoln post spurred me to click through to purchase the Benjamin Thomas biography that you recommended. Being a thrifty guy (okay, cheapskate), I bought a used copy, so your Amazon affiliate share is going to pretty undetectable.

My only reading of Lincoln was the novel by Gore Vidal, which was very enjoyable. Recommended, along with his Burr as well.

I’ve got a lazy left eye (due to it being short sighted). My right eye is a “20” or “6” for us metric types. I avoid being photographed as cross eyed is not a good look. But that eye combo works well for using a camera: my left can see the physical controls and LCD, my right eye the EVF and the actual scene in front of me. I normally wear spectacles and briefly take them off to take a shot.

I did indeed enjoy your Lincoln post. Your literary recommendations are appreciated. I share your interest in history. I may take on Lincoln, but right now I am about 2/3 of the way through the Winston Churchill biography you mentioned, written by William Manchester. It is excellent.

I'm sorry Mike. I should have commented sooner, but I was busy following Abe's most famous maxim, "Be excellent to each other. And...Party on Dudes."

Not interested. Just too much to add to too many words already written...just too hard.

Hi Mike,

I for one enjoyed both Lincoln posts, especially the photo of the "book" stack at Ford's Theatre. Reminds me of my own "to be read" stack of books on all subjects ;-)

Earlier this year, I read James Oakes' book "The Crooked Path to Abolition." I can recommend it if you're interested in abolition and/or constitutional history. Although the cover of the book is adorned with (I believe) Alexander Gardner's portrait of Lincoln, and there's a good discussion of Lincoln's own "crooked path" to proclaiming emancipation, IMO it's not really a Lincoln book, per se. (I would say the book mostly resonates with the portrayal of Lincoln by Daniel Day Lewis in Spielberg's "Lincoln" from a few years back - definitely worth a watch if you missed it in the theaters.)

Many years ago I read Oakes' earlier book "The Ruling Race" - that one I highly recommend for its empirically-based description of slavery and social conditions in the ante-bellum American South, as well as the development of white supremacist ideology among the slaveholding class and their political allies. The book was originally published in 1982 (so says google), but I think it holds up very well.


Corbett was an actual mad hatter, if I recall correctly.

In an uncanny bit of synchronicity, dpreview just published this today (May 5th):


Note that I haven’t watched the video, so can’t vouch for its quality.

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