Tip of the Iceberg

To get off the subject of the apocalypse for a minute, I found myself chatting with King Midget about books.

He’s reading the new Erik Larson on Churchill. 51+ID6sEpPL I had said, I loved his book, Devil in the White City, about the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, but couldn’t read Dead Wake, on the sinking of the Lusitania.

I can’t read about ships sinking, or any boat for that matter.

If a dingy deflates, I need a drink.

Like I told KM, I’ve started many a book on the Titanic, I had to put down.

That’s not to say, I don’t know some tasty lore, like, J.P. Morgan Unknown-1 deciding to stay with his mistress in Italy, giving his stateroom to Ben Guggenheim Unknown-1 who, alas, never made it home.

Or John Jacob Astor, Unknown-1 last seen, helping women and children on with their life jackets.

When they recovered his body, they identified him by the monogram in his jacket, his pocket watch still ticking, that his son, Vincent, wore till he died.

Mustn’t forget Isidor and Ida Strauss, Unknown-2 the proprietors of Macy’s Department Store, who were last seen together on deck, holding hands, before a wave swept them out to sea. Mrs. Strauss could have gotten on one of the life boats, but refused to leave her husband of so many years, his body found, hers not.

Rumor has it, his mistress, also onboard, made it home just fine.

Then we had Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, Unknown-1 who survived the Titanic, only to die on the Lusitania.

You’d think he would have been sea shy, but you know how the entitled rich are, all bets are off since rules rarely apply to them.

What I should have said to King Midget was, imagine what I’ve missed, all this time, being such a wuss. Unknown-1

We need to focus on other things, ghoulish or otherwise. Think of our personal interests like buoys in the water, keeping us afloat, during this strange, historical time.

A Thin Girl’s two cents.

About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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77 Responses to Tip of the Iceberg

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    The info about Alfred Vanderbilt reminds me of the movie Final Destination. I never saw it, but my children described it in detail. It’s about not being able to escape your fate.
    Susannah, there are certain typed of books I can’t read either. I love mystery novels, but nothing too bloody or graphic. I once picked up Swimsuit by James Patterson because the blurb mentioned it was about models. Of course, once started, I had to know how it ended. It still creeps into my thoughts and bothers me. I threw the book away (something I never do) because I didn’t want anyone I knew to read it. Sorry Mr. Patterson, it was excellently written but too disturbing.

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    • I totally get that. My library has a book about the Titanic survivors…quotes I figured, I’d have no problem reading. WELL…IT WENT BACK THE SAME DAY. The other pulp peccadillo I have is, executions…hangings, Old Sparky tales. If you believe in previous lives…WHOA. GOD ONLY KNOWS WHO I. WAS.

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  2. You have a rich mind, and I enjoy the tidbits that poor forth from it. Grandson Nathaniel was always fascinated with shipwrecks. Once our pastor mentioned something about the Titanic in a sermon, and Nate went to him to correct one fact. At the next service, Pastor mentioned the corrected bit and who had set him straight. (I was the organist, and that’s why I heard the sermon twice.)

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  3. I forgot to say I love your title of this post.

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  4. Dale says:

    Is there a particular reason you can’t read about shipwrecks? Do you even know why?
    Fascinating history you’ve provided, considering!

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  5. Sorryless says:

    I get it, not being able to read about shipwrecks. I always find the stories haunting, in a raw nerve kind of way. The claustrophobic qualities of a vessel at sea, that alone usually cancels me out. The ocean being so vast for another. That one always got me as a boy and still now, it kind of shakes me . . when I think about just how vast the sea is. It’s our outer space.


  6. kingmidget says:

    Reading your info about the rich and famous on the Titanic and also some of the history books I’ve read more recently — it’s amazing how many people back then had mistresses and that it was more or less common knowledge that they had mistresses.

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    • When you say common knowledge, many of the principals I’m going to guess, didn’t know, like Ida. Believe me, she had no idea, if it was even true since, could be myth over truth, he had his paramour stashed below, so to speak. and Morgan had a set of rules that even now, mystify. See what your book launched?

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  7. I think the only one of his books I have read is Dead Wake. It was a good book, although I can understand the hesitation to read about shipwrecks.

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  8. I have this fascination with the Titanic. So many stories and so much incompetence in the crew. I loved the one about the bakery chef who was so drunk when the ship went down he survived in the cold water for hours until rescued. Others not so. I was very thrilled when the first photos of the Titanic were released. Such a desolate scene it is.

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  9. This is a fabulous book. The info about Churchill and the spirit oaf the British is inspiring. It is. Lear the Hitler did not foresee the strength of the British and their fellow feeling. It provides an example for us in these dark times. By the way…keep calm and carry on…let’s hear it for the RAF.

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  10. Vasca says:

    I just finished teading a short note from a good friend about his book list. He listed four books he’d ret during part of the lockdown. And one of the books caught my fancy because I love reading about Sir Winston. I’m hooked so I’ll get to it right away. I love to read…love it. I think I’d like “Dead Wake” due to my fascination with ships. I have seen all the Titanic films time and time again. I meet on Sundays with a Zoom worship service and one session we lingered online, chatting. I told the group I was so happy they had invited me to join…I was lonely and now, here I am in my kitchen talking with you fine people…(almost added “drinking champagne’) As soon as the words were out of my mouth I thought…Hmm, I’ve heard someone say something similar…now who was it? I worked my memory bank all the next day before…eureka! Got it. It was Jack, invited to dine w/all those rich people after he had saved Rose from committing suicide. Your Tip of the Iceberg flashed my lights. Love it.


    • I too like to read. Been on a Nancy Mitford kick…The Pursuit of Love, Love in a Cold Climate, The Blessing and her last, Don’t Tell Alfred. She was such a fine, funny novelist, though I also liked her bio on Madame Pompadour. She weaves a story rather than just deliver data.

      Yes, the Churchill will be sitting on my shelf too.

      Like John Adams told his young son John Quincy…if you have a book, you’ll always have a friend. I urbanned that a bit, but, the message is mighty clear. Thanks.


  11. Wow! I wonder if you were a passager in another life …. ya never know.

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