Tibet update

Chinese authorities today vowed swift trials and harsh punishments for those arrested in Tibet.

They will “use the weapon of the law to attack enemies, punish crime, protect the people and maintain stability,” the Tibet Daily reported.

Meanwhile, yesterday an envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama told a U.S. Congressional hearing that Chinese leaders should not bring the Olympic torch through Tibet.

“This idea of taking the torch through Tibet, I really think, should be canceled precisely because that would be very deliberately provocative and very insulting after what has happened,” the envoy, Lodi Gyari, said.

The torch will pass through Tibet in May and will next go up Mount Everest. In June, it will be taken through Lhasa, the Tibetan capital.

More research to be done on Jack Kerouac in Rocky Mount … the book I ordered by John Dorfner arrived at last yesterday, but I need to do a little more research to confirm information about where Kerouac lived while he was there.

Dorfner’s photos confirm what I suspected … and show the screened-in back porch Kerouac often referred to in his letters … which has now been walled-in. I suspected that happened, for when I looked at the house from the outside I could see a difference in the exterior wood pattern.

Kerouac’s letters use the address 1311 Raleigh Road … that is not a house in “Big Easonburg Woods” (West Mount).

I drove all around trying to find 1311 Raleigh Road but the houses have been renumbered. I suppose it is for 911 responders. Some of the old numbers were visible and I found the area of that house.

A Google search showed a reference to 1311 Raleigh Road as his brother-in-law’s business address … Paul Blake ran an electronics shop … I wonder, though, why Kerouac would use the business as his return address instead of the house?

Need to find out more. Will keep you posted.

3 Responses to “Tibet update”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Marion the literary sleuth! Watch out, Poirot!

    In other news, re-read “Mackerel Sky” this weekend and came to a totally different conclusion about Julia’s fate. Wondering what other readers have thought about that intriguingly ambiguous aspect of the story: Does she or doesn’t she? My real feeling is that it doesn’t really matter, one way or the other, and that’s one of the story’s great strengths: Handled less adeptly, this question would be the central focus, but other issues seem even more important — literally, more important than life and death. You could, actually, come to any number of logical conclusions. It even occurred to me that perhaps Julia lives but her father, finally fulfilled in his relationship to her and to himself and to the world, does not survive the emotional devastation of his act. Many fascinating possibilities to ponder.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Gene … Thank you for your kind words. How interesting to read your observation that there are larger questions than life and death in this story. I never thought of that, but must have felt it. I’m always trying to find the deepest possible reasons for everything. Sometimes they can’t be found.
    —- MB

  3. Anonymous Says:

    That’s the most intriguing aspect of the story: It seems like the reader should care first and foremost about whether Julia lives or dies, but her father’s redemption (as a father, as a human being) was so much more important to me, and there is no question that he achieves that goal. The story can be read so many ways: that he was too late to make a difference in his daughter’s life, OR that he was just in time to give his daughter what he had never really been able to give her before (as an adult), OR that all he was able to do was save himself but at least he did that much, OR that he died after saving himself (unwittingly gave his life for his daughter’s?), OR they both lived, OR they both died … even his final act could be viewed as tremendously selfless or in some ways selfish … or some of both.

    As a writer, you may or may not want the reader to draw a particular conclusion. But generally you really have no power to do that, once you have finished and published the story. (Unless you want to do like Whitman and continue revising your work endlessly until the end of your life.) You could post your own conclusions here but the story stands on its own, and I’ll bet you’re delighted to let the reader make his or her own decisions rather than tying everything up just so in a tidy package.

    Maybe the story is even more ambiguous than you anticipated?

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