Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What a Journey!

From September 1st through the 18th, I walked about 110 miles between the United Kingdom and Italy.  Our journey brought us to some of the world's greatest museums in London and Rome as well as amazing archaeological sites in both the UK and Italy.

It was truly a life-changing experience, which has yielded so much more than I was expecting in knowledge, understanding, appreciation, and confidence.  The appreciation came to bear at each and every step--e.g. appreciation for the opportunity, etc.  At the current time, though, the appreciation is more focused on resting and enjoying being at home: a home that now feels like a palatial estate after the discomforts of travel.  With regards to the cramped living of Rome in particular, our 2-storey, three bathroom home in quiet Monmouth, Oregon is such a wonderful retreat for a few days of healing and rest.  It makes one not take daily luxuries quite for granted the same way anymore.  And, there's ice!

I was fortunate in that I really had only about half a dozen instances of what I would call trouble on this trip, but other travel companions from Marylhurst ran into some more serious issues.  My low point was getting dropped off by a Roman taxi on the wrong side of the Tiber (I think).  Even with a map and iPhone, I managed to get completely disoriented and ended-up wandering up and down the sides of the Tiber for hours until I could establish my bearings--and get a new taxi.  Another time, I left a gathering late at night with a very low iPhone battery.  Google Maps is hard enough to follow in the United States, but in Europe one must at times disregard the voice directions and pay more attention to the directional arrows; the streets aren't as standard in direction or size as found in the states.  So, imagine a thunderstorm starting at about this time with my iPhone almost out of juice.  Almost half my turns seemed to be in error, and I kept having to retrace my steps.  At one point, Google Maps advised me to turn into a dark and narrow alley that seemed like a particularly bad idea; I kept plodding ahead in the rain.  I finally made my Roman apartment, but I was soaked to the bone, and the phone was almost dead.  All in all, though, the good experiences outweighed the bad ones like this, and we all managed to get along through the end of the journey.   

I surprised even myself with my photos.  In the end, I returned with more than 5,000 photos and videos from my Canon--more with the iPhone.  After deleting a couple hundred poor photos, I flagged my favorites, then uploaded those to (public) albums on Facebook.  As I do with all my photography, all the photos--the great and not so great--are in the process of being uploaded to Flickr.  (This is my photograph backup measure with most photos identified as public, except for family pictures, but restrictions placed on the ability of the photos to be downloaded without permission.)

So, here's where you can find photos online.  I'm also planning an old fashioned slide show event for friends and family.  Contact me, if interested!

Flickr  (more photos coming)

Facebook (London)

Facebook (Rome)

Bigstock (in future)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Nothing Like a Picture

I'm trying to do my first blog post via iPhone today.   While traveler nerves and feet (walked almost 80 miles since September 1st) may both be getting worn down, nearly one more exciting week of Italian travels remain.  To convey the briefest sense of our journey, I'm sharing two photo collages.  Hope you like them!

Update: Blogger won't let me add the right photos using either iPhone or iPad.  I'll update this when I return to Oregon.

Sunday, August 27, 2017


Depart for London: August 31
Arrive in London: September 1
Depart for Rome: September 7
Arrive in Rome: September 7
Returning Home: September 18

     The trip is starting to feel real now. I guess it had better, as I'm leaving for London in just a few days! This is a simple blog post, but it may contain helpful or interesting information relating to my upcoming journey for friends and family who want to follow along a bit on the adventure.

     It's possible I will be updating this blog as I go, but this is largely dependent upon available free time and an internet connection.  At the very least, I will stay publicly connected using social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and possibly Pinterest.  (Feel free to connect!)  On social media, also keep an eye out for my photography identified with one of the following hashtags: #KarlsLondon and #KarlsRome.



Click for Live Cam

Click for Live Cam  (Savoy Place)



Click for Live Cam (Trevi Fountain)

Click for Live Cam with Audio (Coliseum)

Click for Live Cam (Vatican City)

Click for Live Camera (Basilica of Saint Francis)


Courtesy "National Geographic"

Courtesy "National Geographic"

* Looking for an excellent book on Saint Francis?  Read Saint Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

London/Rome Study Abroad Goals & Expectations

     In just over a week now, I'll be leaving the USA for London along with a group of fellow student travelers from Marylhurst University. I look forward with great anticipation to seeing the sights of two of the truly great cities of the world. As I wrote recently about making this journey, the focus is really upon learning and connecting the dots regarding the cultural and physical context of some of the world's greatest art and literature. I look forward to visiting the libraries and museums of London and Rome, and I am particularly excited for the opportunity to spend hours upon hours at the Vatican. The Globe Theater is also on the itinerary, and I am confident that the play will be amazing. For a guy whose only out of country travel has been limited to Canada, I'm confident this will be an enriching experience for all of us student travelers.

     I selected the image above from Google Earth, because it's illustrative of how perspective influences our understanding of places.  This image may evoke a welcoming environment, but it is actually North Africa.  The shape and feel of places change as we grow nearer and assumptions are slowly replaced with familiarity.  It's my sincere hope that the upcoming trip will be illuminating in this regard for all of us travelers.

     I decided to add that I think I'm most looking forward to London.  The language barrier for Italy makes me a bit uncomfortable.  Of course, being uncomfortable is not necessarily a  bad thing.  Looking forward to what may come!

Experiencing Anthony Doerr's "Four Seasons in Rome"

     I have really enjoyed the opportunity to read Anthony Doerr's Four Seasons in Rome this term.  If Robert Hughes' book on Rome is seen as something of an objective analysis of Roman history and culture, Doerr's book is a much more subjective reading experience.  It's instantly engaging and welcoming to the reader, creating a rich sense of place with a narrative that feels often like poetry.  There is no sense of anything other than an honest account of the Doerr's family experiences in Rome: no underlying cynicism or inflated sense of ego to get between the reader and the text.  The author's gentle attitude is often expressing a profound sense of wonder not only of Rome itself, but, I would argue, his lovely family seen through the lens of Rome and the Roman people.  

     One of my favorite passages is the following excerpt concerning his son; it really captures the purity of personal experience and thought conveyed within these pages.

Swaddled in his Moses basket, wires trailing out the bottom, his monitor flashing green, green, green, his entire four-pound body motionless except his eyelids, it seemed he understood everything I was working so hard to understand: his mother's love, his brother's ceaseless crying; he was already forgiving me for my shortcomings as a father; he was the distillation of a dozen generations, my grandpa's grandpa's grandpa, all stripped into a single flame and stowed still-burning into the thin slip of his ribs.  I'd hold him at the window and he'd stare out into the night, blue tributaries of veins pulsing in his neck, his big eyelids slipping down now and then, and it would feel as if tethers were falling away, and the two of us were gently rising, through the glass, through the trees, through interweaving layers of atmosphere, into whatever was beyond the sky.

     One aspect of the book that I particularly appreciate is the author's emphasis of understanding a place through the eyes of its people.  He's not a simple tourist or traveller, he's experiencing Rome through the act of truly living there: mingling in the markets, strolling the ancient streets, speaking--or attempting to speak--with its residents, and, in short, truly living in the place.  I know my upcoming visit will be but a fraction of the length of his, but I hope I may leave Rome with a much greater sense of what this city is all about when my time comes to head home.  Like Doerr, I don't see most of this knowledge coming from being a tourist per se, but as something along the lines of a (very) short-term resident.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Atticus Finch's Identity Crisis

I am pausing from the #MULondonRome2017- themed posts to share a different kind of academic article.  This was originally intended for an academic publication, but I've come to the conclusion I don't have the time to go that route at this time.  (MLA style not strictly adhered to here due to blog formatting issues.)

Atticus Finch’s Identity Crisis

     When Harper Lee’s iconic and celebrated work of To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) was followed in 2015 by Go Set a Watchman, a literary controversy was born.  Did, for instance, the publishing house and Harper Lee’s attorney conspire to exploit the aging author in rushing the second book to the press?  What happened to change Atticus so fundamentally from the first novel?   The resources I have drawn upon here are not restricted to those in agreement with my thesis; I am also pursuing resources representing opposing viewpoints.  By focusing on some of the legitimate academic debates surrounding these works, the reader will develop a better understanding of the literary concerns presented here.  Since both the characterization and dialogue of Go Set a Watchman are far inferior to Harper Lee's classic To Kill a Mockingbird, the new work should not ultimately define the rich legacy of either its author or characters--nor actors such as Gregory Peck.  The books should be read as individual and distinct; no other approach can reconcile their significant differences.
As I will demonstrate, Harper Lee’s own writing process plays an important role in our understanding of these differences, and this will be discussed in greater detail later within this essay.
     This academic analysis will first explore the striking dissimilarities between the Atticus Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird and the character of the same name from Go Set a Watchman before examining other deficiencies of Harper Lee’s second novel.  Before the conclusion, important insights regarding Go Set a Watchman will be highlighted from Gregory Peck’s own children, Cecilia and Stephen.  After all, when the reader evokes a picture in his mind of Atticus Finch, Gregory Peck’s iconic portrayal from To Kill a Mockingbird likely comes to mind.  Whether it is in the courtroom or standing alone in front of the jail as the townspeople arrive to murder the unjustly incarcerated Tom Robinson, his stature, in one sense, seems bigger than life.  In another, more personal way, however, Atticus may deeply remind us of others personally known to us who likewise made sacrifices for the sake of the standing up for what was right.  In an age where revisionists seem intent on tearing down any Caucasian male who committed an act of altruistic good within history or literature, there is a sense in which Atticus is more than a caricature of virtue; he is important to the reader, because we have seen dimensions of him in others--people we love and admire deeply.  Both those with revisionist tendencies as well as those subscribing to deconstructive theory may be quick to approve of an attack upon this hero of American literature.  Sometimes, however, good characters are also the authentic ones.
     In starting our comparison of Atticus’ portrayal between the two novels, a good place to begin is this telling courtroom excerpt from To Kill a Mockingbird, since it so strikingly highlights the differences between the two distinct versions of Atticus.  This passage begins with Atticus’ powerful declaration concerning the guilt of Mayella Ewell in her breaking of “rigid and time honored code of our society, a code so severe that whoever breaks it is hounded from our midst as unfit to live with.”  (Lee, 231)  Atticus continues in his identification of  Mayella as the guilty party—a character almost worthy of pity--in one of the novel’s most compelling scenes.
She is the victim of cruel poverty and ignorance, but I cannot pity her: she is white.  She knew full well the enormity of her offense, but because her desires were greater than the code she was breaking, she persisted in breaking it.  She persisted, as her subsequent reaction is something every one of us have known at one time or another.  She did something every child has done—she tried to put the evidence of her offense away from her.    But in this case she was no child hiding contraband: she struck out at her victim—of necessity she must put him away from her presence, from this world.  She must destroy the evidence of her offense.  (Lee, 231)
The passage dramatizes Atticus’ willingness to rise to the passionate defense of Tom Robinson, but it further highlights his selflessness with regards to the very public nature of this defense.  He could have proceeded half-heartedly, for instance, which would have likely preserved his reputation within the community.  Instead, he gave the defense his utmost, and in so doing he jeopardized his reputation with the townspeople of Maycomb, Alabama.  Further, as Peter Zwick put it in “Rethinking Atticus Finch,” the character of “Atticus is more than a Jack McCoy, Michael Clayton or Elle Woods.  Atticus is a reason some people become lawyers, and once they become lawyers, Atticus is the person many aspire to be” (Zwick, 1351).
     If we turn now to Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, a tellingly representative excerpt from this book is an argument that Jean Louise and her father engage in towards the novel’s conclusion. 
         Now think about this.  What would happen if all the Negroes in the
         South were suddenly given full civil rights?  I’ll tell you.  There’d be  
         Another Reconstruction.  Would you want your state government run
         by people who don’t know how to run ‘em?  Do you want this town
         run by—now wait a minute—Willoughby’s a crook, we know that,
         but do you know of any Negro who knows as much as Willoughby? 

         Zeebo’d probably be Mayor of Maycomb.  Would you want someone 
         of Zeebo’s capability to handle the town’s money?  We’re
         outnumbered, you know.  (Lee, 246)
It is difficult to believe that the honorable Atticus within To Kill a Mockingbird is the same bigot described in Go Set a Watchman.  Most critical academic discussions concerning the second novel take an approach similar to that offered by Bethe Dufresne in “Atticus Unmasked.”  That is, critics accept the latter work as representing the true and bigoted heart of Atticus.  (Dufresne, 24) Jean Louise is able to see through her father, Dufresne would argue, because greater maturity and sophistication has given her a clearer vision concerning people like Atticus.  Likewise, Allen Mendenhall takes a similar position in “Children Once, Not Forever: Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman and Growing Up.”  Mendenhall observes that the reader shares a degree of fault for reading more into the character of Atticus Finch than To Kill a Mockingbird’s text truly supported; we believed what we wanted to believe.  (Mendenhall, online) In “Scout Comes Home Again” by Robert Brinkmyer, however, a more plausible explanation resonates with the reader.
         It certainly could be argued that the characters of Go Set a Watchman
are not the same characters, other than in name, as those in Mockingbird.  One could reasonably maintain, particularly if Watchman is Mockingbird’s abandoned first draft, that in revising her manuscript into a new novel, Lee created an entirely new set of characters as well, whatever, similarities those characters share with their previous manifestations.  Adding some credence to this perspective is the fact that events in Mockingbird as they’re recalled in Watchman don’t always match up perfectly.  (Brinkmeyer, 217)
     Some literary critics reconcile the two versions of Atticus as representing the changing, or maturing perspective of Jean Louise.  Unfortunately, events and characters aren’t the only things that fail to “match up” between the two novels.  The writing style of the second book has been widely described as inferior to that of Mockingbird.  Critics have suggested that the plot is poorly constructed, and that it reads as unfocused or wandering.  Robert Brinkmeyer described “its prose as mostly pedestrian.”  (Brinkmyer, 218)  The dialogue has also been criticized for its amateurish quality. 
No one else has quite described this in such delightfully scathing terms as William Giraldi did within “Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Should Not Have Been Published.”  His observations further support Brinkmeyer’s points referenced above.
Ponderous and lurching, haltingly confected, the novel plods along in search of a plot, tranquilizes you with vast fallow patches, with deadening dead zones, with onslaughts of cliché and dialogue made of pamphleteering monologue or else eye-rolling chitchat.  You are confronted by entire pages of her uncle Jack’s oracular babble, and you much machete through the bracken of listless, throw-away prose in order to get to a memorable turn of phrase.  “Jean Louise smiled to herself” and “Jean Louise laughed aloud” and then “Jean Louise shook her head” before “Jean Louise’s eyebrows flickered.”  Someone has “green envy,” and someone else “bored stiff.”  Soon, “Henry looked at her” and then “she looked at him” and then “Hank stirred” before “she stirred.”  Then “she bit her tongue” right before “she held her tongue.”  Characters raise their “eyebrows” so often you have to question how their foreheads turn to trampolines… (Giraldi, online)

     Additional critics, like T.M Doran in “Why the Watchman Doesn’t Add Up to Me,” have argued that the author’s own careful writing style makes it extraordinarily unlikely that she would have knowingly approved of Go Set a Watchman’s publication.  (Doran, 217) This further supports Giraldi’s criticisms of style and quality of prose, and it only adds to the growing stack of serious concerns regarding the publication of Harper Lee’s second novel.  It is common knowledge that the reclusive novelist was a perfectionist in her writing, and this trait is also incongruent with the author’s decision to release an unpolished and unrefined novel.  As recorded by Kathleen Jacobs in “Writing Advice and Harper Lee,” which appeared in the Charleston-Gazette-Mail, Harper Lee responded to a school teacher’s June 1995 request for writing advice for her students with an admonition that “if you want to write, WRITE.  Writing is a craft you can only master by doing.  Don’t “fall in love” with you what you write to the extent that you cannot edit it.  You must be to a great degree objective about your work…”  (Jacobs, online)  A similar Harper Lee quote is referenced in Joe Nocera’s “The Harper Lee ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Fraud.”  “I think the thing that I most deplore about American writing … is a lack of craftsmanship. It comes right down to this — the lack of absolute love for language, the lack of sitting down and working a good idea into a gem of an idea.” (Nocera, online)  There is a disconnect or implausibility, then, between what we know of her work ethic and personality of Harper Lee and the publishing house’s claim to have received permission to publish Go Set a Watchman; something does not add up.  As T.M. Doran put it, “Though Atticus Finch is markedly different in “Watchman,” Harper Lee has never suggested these character flaws, nor did she do so when she repeatedly praised Gregory Peck’s portrayal of Atticus in the film. Should we then accept the authenticity of the Atticus of “Watchman,” or the Atticus Harper Lee has represented over many decades?”  (Doran, 217)
     Having reviewed a host of literary-based criticisms and concerns, it is time to turn attention to other categories of arguments with regards to the gulf of separation that stands between these two works.  As writers such as T.M. Doran and others have repeatedly pointed out, Harper Lee frequently praised the acting performance of Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird.  (Doran, 217) As Peter Zwick asserted, Gregory Peck’s performance is so critically important because of the way that his portrayal resonated with the audience.  (Zwick, 1351) In one sense, perhaps the person who knew Atticus Finch the most intimately was the performer who played this celebrated role.  In an interview of Gregory Peck’s daughter, Cecilia Peck described why this role was so deeply important to her father.  
I think what he said himself sums it up so well, "I put everything I had into it — all my feelings, and everything I'd learned in 46 years of living, about family life and fathers and children. And my feelings about racial justice and inequality and opportunity.” He did put all of himself into it. And he championed the making of the film at a time when most of the studios were not ready to address the subject of racism in films. Although it may not seem groundbreaking today, at the time, the book and the film were enormously impactful. I believe they helped to shift attitudes in our country and point towards the Civil Rights legislation. My dad’s willingness to stand up for what he believed in showed in his performance as Atticus. Harper Lee and my father became inseparable for the rest of their lives. Their friendship came out of the relationship between the book and the film, which also became inseparable. As much as the book drove readers toward the film, the film drove viewers toward the novel. They are forever intertwined, and I think it’s one of the best adaptations ever from a novel into a film.  (Peck, Personal Communication)
If we examine the Peck family responses and attitudes towards the publication of Go Set a Watchman, then, it is possible this may help to anchor our thoughts and opinions as to how this novel should be viewed in relation to To Kill a Mockingbird.  Objectivity is challenging when we are dealing with such iconic works and loved characters, but this closer examination may assist the reader in forming a more balanced and informed view concerning the proper literary relationship between these two novels.
     As quoted in Wall Street Journal’s "What would Gregory Peck Think of ‘Go Set a Watchman’? His Son Weighs in,” Stephen Peck makes some thought-provoking arguments.  Peck said, for instance, that “his father would have counseled Lee not to publish “Watchman” because it could taint “Mockingbird,” one of the most beloved novels American history.” (Maloney, online) Stephen Peck’s arguments within the article shine a light on the troubling circumstances surrounding the publication of Go Set a Watchman.
“Not to protect himself, but to protect her,” Peck said, noting that the decision to publish it was made not long after the death of the author’s sister Alice Lee, who had long handled Harper Lee’s affairs. “You just don’t know how that decision was made… If he had to, he would have flown down to talk to her. I have no doubt.”  (Maloney, online)
Stephen Peck’s interview continued with the following quote that makes a particularly important point concerning Watchman.
“To me, it was an unedited draft,” Stephen Peck said. “Do you want put that early version out there or do you want to put it in the University of Alabama archives for scholars to look at?”
Peck said he doesn’t believe the depiction of Atticus in “Watchman” will affect his father’s legacy. The Atticus of “Watchman” is a completely different character from the Atticus of “Mockingbird,” he said, “even if it’s borne from the same imagination.”  (Maloney, online)
     Cecilia Peck offers a different, yet complimentary perspective to her brother’s words concerning the literary connection between these two novels, as well as the artistic process itself.  (Additional related information can also be found within the excellent documentary entitled "A Conversation with Gregory Peck.")
My father would have had a sense of how many drafts it took for Harper to write To Kill A Mockingbird. He would have respected the writing process and whatever it took for the book to evolve from its first draft. I think he may have been concerned to see a first draft published when Harper was ailing and no longer had complete control over her affairs. Harper told me that she never read the manuscript of Go Set A Watchman before it was published. Although she was still alive when the decision was made to publish, she wasn’t up to rereading it or engaging in an editing process. I don’t think that she would have permitted it to be published had it been “discovered” ten years earlier, when she had all of her faculties, and that may have been of concern to my father.  

When Harper Lee brought the first draft of a novel to her editor Tay Hohoff at Lippincott, they undertook a two-year revision which resulted in To Kill A Mockingbird. That's the writing process. Authors write innumerable drafts before arriving at a masterpiece. Harper Lee and Tay Hayhoff had one of the great literary collaborations of all times. It was long and trying. Harper told me that she gave up more than once. She got so frustrated one night that she threw her manuscript out of the window into the snow. When she called Tay to say she couldn’t do it any more, Tay made her march down the stairs to gather it up. Harper had great respect for Tay, who urged her to set the book in the flashbacks to the younger Scout.  (Peck, Personal Communication)
     When I finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, earlier this year, I was part of a unique group of readers; I had never read Harper Lee’s classic before.  The passion I felt for this issue was no doubt influenced by reading both books one after another; the contrast was both shocking and striking.  (It may have also been meaningful to my literary experience to have read the books in part on a visit to Texas—not so very far from Harper Lee’s Alabama.)   In the end, though, I am able to see more clearly that Go Set a Watchman was nothing more than a rough draft of To Kill a Mockingbird.  Given the age and frailty of Harper Lee at this late period of her life, no culpability rests upon her in the poor decision to publish this second work as an independent and stand-alone work.  On the contrary, the blame rests upon HarperCollins.  I am in agreement with what Joe Nocera wrote in “The Harper Lee ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Fraud” regarding this dimension of the controversy.
So perhaps it’s not too late after all to point out that the publication of   “Go Set a Watchman” constitutes one of the epic money grabs in the modern history of American publishing. …after publishing her beloved novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” in 1960, she not only never published another book; for most of that time she insisted she never would. Until now, that is, when she’s 89, a frail, hearing-and sight-impaired stroke victim living in a nursing home. Perhaps just as important, her sister Alice, Lee’s longtime protector, passed away last November. Her new protector, Tonja Carter, who had worked in Alice Lee’s law office, is the one who brought the “new novel” to HarperCollins’s attention, claiming, conveniently, to have found it shortly before Alice died.  (Nocera, online)
     Is the Atticus Finch of the second novel the same as the first?  The gulf of time, craft, and character development standing between these two works makes it impossible to view them in either a directly connected or complimentary way.   When faced with the same question, Cecilia Peck emphasized the continuity of manuscript draft development.  (Peck, personal communication) This distinction or understanding, however, is entirely different from what most of us expected or understood when we began reading Go Set a Watchman—not to mention how it has largely been promoted and marketed by the publisher.  This is most definitely not a “lost” second novel, but rather only a rough draft of her first.  Whatever ultimately happened—whether Watchman was an early draft of Mockingbird, whether, or not, Lee revised it, whatever happened between the sister, the guardian, and HarperCollins--everything in this paper has supported the thesis that the two novels must be considered separately; they cannot be reconciled.  This has been carefully explored through both literary analysis as well as cultural and historical analysis.  In the end, we shouldn’t look to Go Set a Watchman as a way to better understand or illuminate the characters, but only as one draft of several that did not happen to find itself hurled out a second-floor window by its perfectionist author.  This manuscript should have been quietly safeguarded in an Alabama university’s archive department rather than exploited for an easy profit by HarperCollins.

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"A Conversation with Gregory Peck." , directed by Barbara Kopple. , produced by Barbara Kopple, Cecilia Peck, and Linda Saffire.  performance by Gregory Peck.  Universal Studios, , 2011. 

Directed by Mulligan, Robert. To Kill a Mockingbird, produced by Horton Foote, performance by Gregory Peck, Mary Badham and Phillip Alford. Universal-International, 1962.