Re: Book Review: A Misplaced Massacre

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Thanks, LB. It was kind of you to read the book, much less write about it.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 10:55 AM
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Thanks, LB. It was kind of you to read the book, much less write about it.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 10:55 AM
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But maybe not that kind.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 10:56 AM
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Who the hell is Von Wafer? And why is he speaking on my behalf?


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 10:57 AM
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Redact him, I say! Redact him this instant!

BTW, ari, thanks for picking up on that other thing. Interesting response, plus you seem to have made a sale.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 11:00 AM
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Added to my reading list. Which at this point is so long and growing so much faster than I'm able to read that thinking about it kind of raises the specter of my mortality.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 11:33 AM
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As long as you buy it, essear, I don't really care if you read it. (I'm kidding.)


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 11:51 AM
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And chris, if you talking about what I think you're talking about, I was happy to do it.


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 11:51 AM
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Only 1 left in stock!

How did the map(s) turn out?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 12:06 PM
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If you made him a sandwich, I want one also.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 12:06 PM
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They sell the book other places as well, Stormcrow (though Amazon is out of stock at the moment, BN has it for about the same discounted price, which is what I had hoped the full, retail price would be*). As for the maps, they turned out okay. It was a bit of an ordeal getting them made, and I don't think they're especially interesting. They are, however, reasonably accurate and easy to read, so that's something.

* My frustrations with the publishing industry: let me show you them.


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 12:13 PM
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Will the maps look good in Kindle?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 12:16 PM
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92: Ah, Amazon Look Inside Pages 168 & 275 (there are probably more, but page vii--list of maps and illustrations not included). Good, now I don't have to buy it Came out pretty well. Looks like you used a common base map (is it the NPS'S?).


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 12:17 PM
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92 s/b 2 and did not see 11.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 12:18 PM
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Will the maps look good in Kindle?

Is that even theoretically achievable?


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 12:19 PM
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Yeah, the base map is the USGS's. The Park Service, because it's a huge bureaucracy that hates me, couldn't find the originals of the maps it produced. That would have saved me tons of time and money. But given how cooperative NPS personnel were overall, I can't complain.


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 12:21 PM
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15: good looking maps in a kindle edition? Sure. Even on the actual kindle itself greyscale illustrations can look okay, but especially on other readers (like the iOS reader) things can look swell.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 12:22 PM
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12, 15: I don't know. This was one of the fights I had with my publisher -- as distinct from my editor, with whom I didn't fight at all -- and it never got resolved. My sense, based on having looked at a lot of other books, is that it's not really possible to have nice maps/graphics/images in a kindle book. And given how central cartography is in my story, that's a bit of a bummer.


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 12:23 PM
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16: I was wondering who all hated you as a result of writing the book. And maybe you actually cover that in the book. If only there were some way to find out.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 12:26 PM
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BN has it for about the same discounted price

For gentiles also?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 12:34 PM
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19: as far as I can tell, the regional director and the regional communications director of the NPS both are quite annoyed with me. The NPS site superintendent is not; she and I remain close friends. Several of the local landowners are really quite angry at me (One of them, discussing an upcoming talk I'm giving in Pueblo, apparently said something to the effect of, "He better not show his face in Kiowa County.").

The Northern Arapaho descendants never had much time for me, but they seem to be okay with the book, though they think I underplayed their role in the memorialization process. The Northern Cheyenne descendants, who are by far the most militant activists I've ever met, are surprisingly pleased with the way I portrayed them. The leading Southern Cheyenne player in the book died several years ago, but the surviving descendants with whom I worked are apparently ambivalent about the project (there are, though, some Southern Cheyenne activists, the members of a group that's focused on a massive reparations claim, who are considering suing me -- I'm really not sure why they're angry). And the Southern Arapahos were basically absent from the whole process, so I have no idea about them.

Oh, I forgot about the people at the Colorado Historical Society (now History Colorado). They were really upset, for no good reason, I don't think, about some things I wrote. But then they invited me to come give a talk there, decided to charge the public for the privilege of hearing me speak (without telling me they would do that), sold out more than 750 tickets, and so I think they've forgiven me.


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 12:36 PM
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Ooh, 21 gets me all excited about the book. Gonna root against those jerk landowners!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 12:49 PM
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The landowners did not come off well at all.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 12:54 PM
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Most of them weren't jerks, actually. They were just trying to make the process work for them. It was pretty interesting to watch these anti-government ranchers use their property rights as a cudgel in a fight with federal authorities. I mean, it's an old story, but I hadn't seen it up close before this.


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 12:55 PM
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16 Too bad, I wish I'd known that you needed some assistance in that area at the time as I might have been able to help.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 12:59 PM
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23: hmm, I tried to treat them fairly. In fact, I thought I bent over backward to paint them in a relatively favorable light. Oh well, I guess I'd better steer clear of Kiowa County.


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:00 PM
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I guess the negative impression I got was that Dawson was cynically exploiting the spiritual? traditional? value of the land through his relationships with the local Cheyenne leaders to drive the price up. It looked unseemly. (Although I suppose that given where the money for the land eventually came from, I don't really care.)


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:02 PM
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anti-government ranchers

I am reminded, as I periodically am, of a quote I saw in a Los Vegas free weekly. An aggrieved rancher said, or at least this is how I remember it: "A park is like a cancer. It grows and grows until it covers everything."


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:02 PM
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27: yeah, I think that's accurate. At the same time, the book is at least in part about the way that everybody tries to bend memories of Sand Creek to their own purposes.


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:05 PM
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28: that's a great quote. Find me the original, and I'll have Megan buy you a Coke.


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:07 PM
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29: everybody tries to bend memories of Sand Creek to their own purposes.

One guy used them to write a book!


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:09 PM
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Las Vegas, obviously. I bet I can figure out the dates for when we were in town when we read that article.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:10 PM
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31: hurtful.


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:11 PM
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Just out of curiosity, what year were the NPS maps in question produced?


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:11 PM
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32: eh, it's not that big a deal. I'll just quote this thread.


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:12 PM
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... killed somewhere around five or six hundred of them ...

Wikipedia gives a lower figure:

... killing and mutilating an estimated 70-163 Indians, ...


Posted by: James B. Shearer | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:13 PM
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36 [citation needed]


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:18 PM
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I think the generally accepted number is ~150 killed. Chivington, because he was hoping that Sand Creek would be remembered as a glorious battle, claimed that his men had killed 500-600 Cheyenne and Arapaho people.


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:21 PM
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I think it should be in the February 17th, 2000 issue of either the Las Vegas Weekly or Las Vegas Citylife. No luck just searching on their public websites.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:22 PM
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I'll just quote this thread.

Sensible.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:22 PM
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"Fools," said I, "you do not know
Parks like cancers grow."


Posted by: Simon the Rancher | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:30 PM
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36, 38: See the footnotes to the post. That is, it's my error: it was clear in the book, but I grabbed the wrong number flipping back through to remind myself of it.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:32 PM
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Well then just take my 37 as a general comment on whatever the writer of 36 writes in comments here when I can be bothered to read them which is not much.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:40 PM
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7 As long as you buy it, essear, I don't really care if you read it.

Done. I was already going to the bookstore today, so why not add one more? They didn't have many copies. Surely we can assume that means they had hundreds which sold out.

Hopefully I'll get around to reading it within the next, I don't know, year.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:51 PM
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I cited wikipedia. You have some problem with wikipedia also?


Posted by: James B. Shearer | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:56 PM
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I guess I should probably read this book.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 1:59 PM
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couldn't find the originals of the maps it produced.

Ah yes, the not great scans. Aside from the scan artifacts, I like yours better.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:00 PM
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44: tell them to buy more! (Seriously, if they only have one left, you'd be doing me a favor by bringing that fact to their attention. Assuming, that is, we're talking about a brick-and-mortar bookstore.)


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:04 PM
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46: I'd offer to send you a copy, but I'm quite frightened of what you'll think of it.


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:04 PM
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Also, I don't have any copies at the moment. I should get more next week, but those are already spoken for (I have to send them to all the people who sat for interviews).


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:05 PM
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46: Come to think, you should have reviewed it -- you probably had some preexisting knowledge of anything related to it.

My sense of the Indian Wars comes primarily from watching F-Troop as a child.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:05 PM
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I also should send another copy to Bill Emblom.


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:07 PM
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51: nooooooooooooooooooooo!


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:07 PM
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I like my reviewers like I like my coffee: credulous and generous.


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:08 PM
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53: F-Troop wasn't that bad, surely?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:10 PM
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I plan on not so much reading it as skimming it for the sex parts.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:10 PM
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56: some of Chivington's men scalped their victims, or, in a few cases, hacked genitalia from their bodies. But they didn't eat their "trophies," so you'll be probably be disappointed by that part of the story.


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:15 PM
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48: I don't know how soon I'll be going to the bookstore again, but if I do I'll look to see how many copies are there.

(Do none of the actual brick-and-mortar stores around here have some kind of relationship with HUP? It seems like there should be some kind of section with all the new books the Press has published, but I don't remember ever noticing one. Local authors, yes, but that's a different thing.)


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:15 PM
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58.2 is right. HUP doesn't even want such a section, because then the books wouldn't be in the right part of the store. What they want, and what they (used to and maybe still do) have, is an agreement for a standing order (an automatic order, in other words) of their books.


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:25 PM
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49/50: That's okay, I'm sure I can find a copy here. I'll check next time I'm at B&N.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:32 PM
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51: I did learn about Sand Creek in high school, so there's that.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:33 PM
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I like my reviewers like I like my coffee: credulous and generous.

So why did you send it LB?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:50 PM
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+to


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:50 PM
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I will buy and read this.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:55 PM
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62: the press did. Also, I'm speaking at Bookworks in a few weeks and then at UNM and SAR.


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:55 PM
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64: Bill Emblom thinks you may be making a mistake. WWBED


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 2:59 PM
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I'd like to believe that scalping and mutilation generally have passed into desuetude, even in the world's ugliest theaters of small conflict, but I know that cannot be true. Now I'm depressed.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:02 PM
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65: I find it somewhat implausible that Unfogged is on HUP's standard list of publications to send review copies to.

I saw the SAR appearance mentioned on FB, but I hadn't seen the other two. Say hi to my mom while you're there.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:03 PM
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66: When you've lost the retired 4th grade school teachers ...


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:13 PM
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68.1: Why?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:14 PM
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68.2: I'm sure he will.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:14 PM
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70: Well, we sure haven't reviewed very many of their books, for one thing.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:15 PM
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I find it somewhat implausible that Unfogged is on HUP's standard list of publications to send review copies to.

Probably they just sent it to LB c/o whatever state government agency employs her, and she posted the review here because why not.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:15 PM
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72: Do you have data to back that statement up?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:20 PM
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No, and if you can produce some contrary data I'll withdraw it.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:22 PM
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Back in the higher-profile days of the blog, I was actually getting the very occasional unsolicited review copy of something not written by a commenter (that is, I'd get an email asking for an address to send a copy to). I think the only one of those I ever actually reviewed was The Trouble With Diversity. I wrote a review of the Anonymous Lawyer book, but I really hated it a lot, so I sent it to the author and asked if he'd like me to post it on the "as long as you spell my name right" principle, or if he'd prefer that I pass over it in silence. He took option B.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:23 PM
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A publicist once wrote me out of the blue to ask if I'd like a review copy of this horrifically named book.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:26 PM
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I've been told that that violates some sort of reviewer's code, but as an amateur I feel empowered to do as I please.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:27 PM
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And you said no!? Oh man.


Posted by: Keir | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:28 PM
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What use is a book to me?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:28 PM
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You could at least have forwarded it to Apo.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:30 PM
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I have no idea what use that book is to anyone, to be honest. Perhaps this reveals the depth of my prudery, or alternatively my degradation.


Posted by: Keir | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:31 PM
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78 to 77.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:37 PM
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75: Well-played. I was just testing how long you would stay in character after 68.1.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:42 PM
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82: Hott.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:43 PM
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68: the publicist asked me for a list of blogs I read. I included this one. Also, I promise to sign a book for your mom if she comes my talk (carrying a copy of my book -- so I'll recognize her).


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 3:48 PM
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ari, will you be coming to Foggy Bottom Con* and giving a book talk?

*I know it's the wrong part of the city, but I'm going with it anyway.


Posted by: J, Robot | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 4:13 PM
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Foggy Bottom Con

You read the chapter titles of the book in 77.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 4:16 PM
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86: Ah, I assumed 65.1 was just a joke. I guess ari's not a joker, unlike that Von Wafer fellow whose around here sometimes.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 4:29 PM
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I promise to sign a book for your mom if she comes my talk (carrying a copy of my book -- so I'll recognize her).

Thanks, but I don't think this is really her kind of book.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 4:37 PM
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You send such mixed messages, teo!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 4:43 PM
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I was suggesting he seek out my mom, not that she would go to his talk(s).


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 4:45 PM
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This is like a sitcom where the kid tried to set up his single-parent mom with the handsome history teacher from jr. high. Or am I missing something?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 4:48 PM
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77


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 4:52 PM
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But … why would he seek out your mom, if not to talk to her about his book?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 4:53 PM
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Re 79, actually I wrote back to the publicist declining the offer of a free book but suggesting a free private demonstration with the author. The publicist did not take me up on that, for some reason.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 4:54 PM
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87: I very much doubt it. It's a long trip from here, and that's a weekend that we almost always go to the coast (this coast, I mean).


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 4:54 PM
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89: I had her send copies to Tedra and Erik Loomis as well. Hmm, I think Josh Marshall got a copy. And maybe Coates, too. Also the Civil War Memory guy and probably a few others that I'm forgetting.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 4:57 PM
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But not teo's mom. It's not her kind of book.


Posted by: ari kelman | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 4:57 PM
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I bet teo's mom is Bill Emblom.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 4:58 PM
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99: Or teo himself, apparently.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 6:49 PM
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You could have had a co-author credit, pal.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:02 PM
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Really? How?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:03 PM
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By writing a largish portion of the book.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:05 PM
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I think I recall someone recommending someone else attend grad school somewhere. Before they decided it was a horrible idea for anyone to do so anywhere.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:06 PM
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104: Yeah, I was afraid that was the answer.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:06 PM
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Please, Moby, the real answer is: by writing all of the book but only being credited with writing a small portion of it. Grad school!


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:08 PM
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I am skeptical that a situation like that typically involves any credit at all.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:09 PM
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In other news, I stopped by Barnes & Noble earlier today (on my way home from buying some flannel shirts at Fred Meyer, because I live in the Pacific Northwest) to see if they had ari's book. They did not.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:10 PM
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My son insists on wearing flannel shirts, leaving then open over a plain white t-shirt, like he's going to attract Winona Ryder as soon as he figures out how to get to 1993.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:15 PM
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Did you ask them to order it? It's not too late to get a co-author credit!*

* It is too late.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:16 PM
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111 to 109.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:17 PM
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That would have involved talking to someone, so no.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:18 PM
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If he does figure that out, could you have him let me know? Thanks.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:18 PM
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For all I know, she may still be into flannel-wearing guys.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:23 PM
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I'm attending a jogger/logger-themed party this month. I'm contemplating spandex-y running pants on the bottom and a flannel shirt on top. (Plus, you know, the beard.)


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:25 PM
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I thought you were serious about her.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:26 PM
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116: Don't forget your chainsaw.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:26 PM
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It's probably unwise to jog with a chainsaw.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:33 PM
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Unwise but awesome.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:34 PM
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Oh, hey Stan.


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See? Awesome.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 7:37 PM
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Who is this ari kelman fellow? His book sounds interesting. (Though there's one disgruntled amazon customer who seems to have expected a completely different book...).

I will buy it. And read it.


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 9:28 PM
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Thanks, MC! The first 500 buyers get a maple donut.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 9:30 PM
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When I was young, the school used to sell maple sticks, but not maple donuts. Then they made the high school kids stop smoking and they all got fat and they blamed the maple sticks instead of the not smoking. Fucking bastards.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 9:37 PM
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When I was young, the school used to sell maple sticks,

You went to school in Pointe-Gatineau/Gatineau Point?

My school used to sell Vachon cakes. My favourite was the Ah Caramel! (a vanilla sponge cake with a caramel filling and a fake chocolate coating).


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 02- 2-13 10:16 PM
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66 -> 123.1()


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 6:55 AM
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LB needs to rate the book and post her review over at Amazon. Or maybe I will say that Kelman's argument has never been made in such detail or with such care. (Were we ever that young?)


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 7:03 AM
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The landowner is the Jew of historical revisionism.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 7:36 AM
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128 is spot on. AFAICS you can only get the Kindle edition over here so far (Maps? What maps?), and it's hideously expensive, so I fear it may have to wait.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 7:43 AM
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128: someone from the press sent me a very freaked-out e-mail about the Amazon review*, but I kind of love it, because it reminds me of the Q&A at most talks I give. Regardless, Kirkus reviewed the book favorably, and I think, even though the publishing landscape has shifted considerably, Kirkus still has more weight than Bill Emblom.

* Who knew that Amazon reviews had comment threads? It's a world gone mad! (And no, that's not me sock-puppetting in that thread.)


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 9:55 AM
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Amazon reviewers frequently give one star to a product they are attempting to use in some bizarre and off-label fashion. ("I bought these silicone wine stoppers because I thought they'd help me with my cholera. They came right out! And made an even bigger mess!") Maybe I will go blame ari's book for failing as a flotation device.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 10:02 AM
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Oh my god I hadn't seen the comment thread. That's hilarious.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 10:04 AM
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This is my all-time favorite Amazon review(, which I'm sure I've linked here before.)


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 10:06 AM
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Who knew that Amazon reviews had comment threads?

I think we should be able to rate the comments on the reviews. And then indicate whether we found the ratings helpful.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 10:16 AM
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You can! Poor Bill.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 10:17 AM
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Blimey so you can. Metter than meta. Incidentally I was wrong when I said it didn't seem to be available in print over here, but I still can't afford it.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 10:20 AM
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137: shoot me an e-mail.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 10:28 AM
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My book cures cholera.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 10:28 AM
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It's my book!

Also, it's pissing me off that I can't embed video at my blog of Sandra Lee baking her magical Kwanzaa cake. Why do I suck at the internet? Why?!!!?


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 10:30 AM
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Jews suck at the practical arts.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 10:35 AM
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I said my book cures cholera, Stormcrow. That's pretty fucking practical.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 10:38 AM
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Most kidding aside, I did not realize how central maps/geography were to the book you were working on. Exciting stuff; we'll probably get one or maybe even two. My daughter has been doing various historical/genealogical map work which I have helped with from time-to-time. No political controversies, but it did have us poring over an ancestor's Revolutionary War diary with a magnifying glass in the Cincinnati museum arguing about whether the 'R' in "Raccon Settlement" could have been anything other than an 'R' (since the actual Raccoon Settlement was not located where it needed to be for that day's journey to work). Or maybe he was confused or simply referring to the road to the Raccoon Settlement. It does amuse me to think of him writing these cryptic entries* every evening and having people 200+ years later trying to sort them out. At least he was on his way to one that the Native Americans "won" with zero casualties on their side to ~40 killed, 60 captured.

*I'm sure I could not maintain my matter-of-factness on this day, for instance (but I guess what else were you going to do).

Aug. 24. Col. Lochery ordered the boats to land on the Indiana shore, about ten miles below the mouth of the Great Meyamee River, to cook provisions and cut grass for the horses when we were fired on by a party of Indians from the bank. We took to our boats expecting to cross the river, and were fired on by another party in a number of canoes in the river, and soon we became a prey to them. They killed the Col. and a number more after they were prisoners. The number of our killed was about forty. They marched us that night about eight miles up the river and encamped.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 11:12 AM
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The proper number of my books for a family to own is always n+1. Cures cholera!


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 12:43 PM
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Wards off fans of Gabriel Garcia Marquez!


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 12:44 PM
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Stops doors!


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 12:44 PM
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From whence springs your impressive entrepreneurial and promotional talents?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 1:16 PM
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s/From w/W/


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 1:28 PM
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Possibly.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 1:40 PM
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147: I took a seminar.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 1:50 PM
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I have this terrible habit of reading the 1-star reviews of things. Formerly Bald Former Lurker Chris recommended a book on conlangs and I read the two 1-star reviews by, like, butthurt esperantists and spent a day thinking "what if they're right and the book is terrible?" before buying it.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 3:04 PM
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Bill Emblom may well be right that the book isn't about what he thought it was about.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 3:10 PM
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149: Do you have anything similar on the lack of agreement between "springs" and "talents"?


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 3:19 PM
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151: that's a really roundabout way of telling me you're not going to read my book, Smearcase.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 3:20 PM
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"I was very thrilled with this book. I thought I was going to read about the details of my cousin's hemorrhoid surgery, which took place on November 29, 1964, led by a Methodist "doctor" named Colonel John Rotorooterington. Instead the book spent a great deal of time debating exactly where a massacre site is located. In addition, the book does not mention by cousin's anus at all."


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 3:48 PM
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Post that! (Or maybe don't. No, do! Or don't. I'm conflicted.)


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155: I swear to Chthulu if you do not post that I will come find you in the 'burgh and take away your Rusty Nail.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 4:19 PM
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Amazon wants my real account and I'm not sure if I need another google hit for "John Rotorooterington" with my real name.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 4:24 PM
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I'm only like an hour and a half away, Hick. Do you ever want to drink in peace again?


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 4:30 PM
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no problem. create an account for ari kelman eric rauchway.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 4:37 PM
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I do have his credit card number already.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 4:44 PM
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153: Maybe.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 5:00 PM
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My dream of having my book become the Three Wolf Moon t-shirt of studies of mid-nineteenth century Indian massacres appears to have been thwarted by Moby Hick's so-called scruples.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 5:22 PM
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Ari, I asked the B&N by the aquarium to order some and suggested they keep some on hand for all your fans. Not sure whether they will.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 6:12 PM
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Thank you, Thorn. Much appreciated.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 6:29 PM
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She was talking to ari, VW. Quit trying to horn in on that guy's turf.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 6:32 PM
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VW is also the non-sock puppet who comments on ludicrous Amazon reviews, I assume. It's probably important to have a cheerleader. But seriously, if I'd seen this book on the new arrivals shelf at the library without having encountered it at an eclectic web magazine, I'd have picked it up and brought it home. But I've done that with a lot of other things recently and need to work through my backlog. I could read so much more if it weren't for those meddling kids, or whatever a Scooby Doo villain would say.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 02- 3-13 7:07 PM
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67 flippanter: may I suggest that you never read any news reports or books on eastern congo? no, congo full stop; don't read anything. and probably also steer clear of florida. just some advice to make this fallen world more cheerful.


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