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. 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 deciding to stay with his mistress in Italy, giving his stateroom to Ben Guggenheim who, alas, never made it home.
Or John Jacob Astor, 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, 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, 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.
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.
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