So I’m reading this book, “The Devil In the White City”–yes I know, it came out like lifetimes ago but, something you must know about me is that I am not on the ball with stuff and I am not into trends. I think the fact that I am blogging is probably the only thing I do that is up to speed with the world. Anyway, this book is really good. I started reading it when I was on vacation–in January–and just picked it back up. If anyone isn’t familiar with it, it is a dual story about the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893 and the first documented U.S. serial killer, H.H. Holmes. There is a lot of history about architecture, including someone from Boston, and also about what was going on in the states at that time. It’s very interesting! It took me a little time to get over the architecture stuff because I am more interested in Herman Mudget AKA: H.H. Holmes. Serial killers, murderers, horror stories, ghosts–that it is my cup of tea. That is where my biggest interest lies. I was really excited when my boyfriend told me that this book was about him (Holmes)–of course I had no idea because, again, I am not up with the world. Any who, I started reading more and more, and now I’m having trouble putting it down!
He was a very smart and good looking. He used the World’s Fair to attract people, mainly women, to this extravagant hotel that he built. He covered all his bounds so he wouldn’t get caught, but what I find amazing, is that someone had that thought process in 1890! He knew he had to have a room in the basement of his hotel to “take care of business”, he knew he needed sound proof walls, he knew he needed to build a kiln that would trap the smell of burning bodies. It amazes me that someone could be that evil, first of all, but also be that smart back in the day. Nowadays with technology and all the media thrown in our face, I could see someone covering their tracks like that but not over 100 years ago. It’s so intriguing and interesting, especially because there is real history involved.
I love stories about dark stuff but adversely, I love, love, love, Dr. Seuss. I think my favorite is “The Lorax” and I have different reasons for that. First of all, the simplicity of children’s stories are great, you don’t have to think to hard about what is going on. Secondly, even though you don’t have to think hard, there is always a hidden meaning behind what is actually written. I think Dr. Seuss embodies that more so than other children’s authors. “The Lorax” is a story about what happens if you destroy nature and the repercussions of those actions. Even though the story was written for young children, it is a message that people of all ages need to see. As you can see, I am a simple person, it does not take much to get me upset or excited about something I am passionate about. I get a little more, touchy when it comes to things that truly affect my inner being like family, friends, faith, and nature. If any of those things are threatened or questioned, expect my horns to come out.
I decided that I am going to end with a quote from now on, and because I talked about my favorite author and story, I thought it appropriate to quote the little orange creature himself.
“Look, Lorax, calm down. There’s no cause for alarm. I chopped just one tree, I’m doing no harm. This thing is most useful! This thing is a “thneed.” A theed, a fine something-that-all-people-need! It’s a shirt. It’s a sock. It’s a glove! It’s a hat! But it has other uses, yes, far beyond that. You can use it for carpets, for pillows, for sheets, for curtains! Or covers for bicycle seats!” -Onceler
“Sir, you’re crazy. You’re crazy with greed. There’s no one on earth the would buy that fool thneed.”
And another for good measure-not by the Lorax, but a poignant point none the less.
“A thought, about what, about something I ought?”
“Well, a thought about something that somebody ought. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothings going to get better, it’s not.”
“They say I’m old fashioned and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses fast!”
I guess I picked these for obvious reasons- I am not going to spell them out because that would defeat the point. 🙂
Be safe all, stay warm and keep smiling!