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I dig the marginalia in my used copy of A Moveable Feast as much as the original text. It makes me think of the books history, of the previous owner.

Was he or she a grad student? An aspiring writer? A college freshman trying to pass Literature 1?

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Walt Whitman’s Great Are the Myths pt.3

Great is today, and beautiful,
It is good to live in this age….there never was any better.


From: Leaves of Grass 150th Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics), pg.156

No better way to celebrate the last day of October than with Walt Whitman.

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Walt Whitman’s Great Are the Myths pt.2

Great is liberty! Great is equality! I am their follower,
Helmsmen of nations, choose your craft....where you
sail I sail,
Yours is the muscle of life or death....your is the perfect
science....in you I have absolute faith.

From: Leaves of Grass 150th Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics), pg.156

I didn’t imagine Walt Whitman being an optimistic poet. The first few lines of Great Are the Myths is all Walt admiring people and ideas with intensity.