Thursday, August 23, 2007

gift

8 DVDs of New Yorkers, covering issues from 1925 to 2006, are now in my hands.

The sudden possession of 82 years of New Yorker magazines could be a little overwhelming. It's like inheriting a little fortune from a distant relative.

Where shall I start?

I could start by looking at those important years. Take for instance, 1929. What went through the minds of the people when the stock market crashed in 1929? And that very same year, F.Scott.Fitzgerald published a short story named "Autobiography" in New Yorker. It would be cool to read it.

So I settled for the issue on November 30th, 1963, because President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd. What struck me immediately is the choice of words. An article talked about what a group of Negro children saw, when Kennedy made a speech in Miami, few days before he was shot dead. The word "Negro" becomes a banned word now, but in 1963 it was accepted in mainstream literature. Secondly, it was interesting to note that President Kennedy was even more popular than president Roosevelt, in people's minds. The author wrote "If president Roosevelt, at the heyday of his popularity, had been riding through Tampa, he never would have got such reception!"

This is just the beginning of a long journey down the memory lane. All this fun is made possible by the Friendship Fund of Mr.Kim Thye Chua. These DVDs is a gift from him.






6 Comments:

Blogger 非舞者 said...

8 DVDs spanning 8 decades arrived on the 8th-month of the year from 600 Legacy Drive, and 600 is divisible by 8. Well, there you go, you've got a prosperous gift.

And the place of origin is rightly named too: Legacy Drive, how cool is that.

Thye, now Osama knows where you lives.

8/23/2007 8:37 PM  
Blogger 非舞者 said...

Oh, almost forgot, congratulations on not needing to write shitloads of blogs to get those DVDs, haha. I've always thought, writing your blogs after getting those DVDs makes more sense. After all, it's only after reading your blog that I now know saying "Negro" is actually illegal (this is a joke).

8/23/2007 8:42 PM  
Anonymous wai said...

你就好叻~~~

8/24/2007 12:16 AM  
Blogger steve tan said...

haha old law, you are so full of shit :)

But you are right on, I don't need to take shit from nobody to earn my right to get the DVD...

Wai, I am still waiting for a chance to claim my gift from you :)

8/24/2007 12:57 PM  
Blogger lim said...

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9/07/2007 10:58 PM  
Anonymous sp said...

now i realize that it was the same story that you told to everyone about writing 100 blogs or something. i am suprised thye is the most generous one.

anyway, the version that i got for you is still sitting in some storage place in Boston. Too bad that u couldn't wait any longer to get it. Guess i will reclaim it to myself..

12/25/2007 3:59 PM  

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