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Once upon a time (that probably did not happen) Thomas Bailey Aldrich, editor of Atlantic Monthly, held a monthly public discussion with noted authors of the period. The series of discussions was called "Who Still Writes... more »
Published July 19, 2011 280 views More Info »
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Published July 19, 2011
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"Some say, sir, that you are often misunderstood."

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"But, I would venture to say that..."

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"...your opening line from the novel, Moby Dick, and Dickens' opening line from A Tale Of Two Cities..."

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"...will come to be remembered among the most iconic lines..."

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"...in all of nineteenth century literature, Ishmael."

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"My name is not Ishmael."

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"I'm sorry?"

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"Do not call me Ishmael."

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"Since when?"

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"Since always."

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"Oh..."

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"...well..."

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"...you could have stated that much sooner."

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"Do not call me Ishmael."

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" I heard you the first time, sir!"

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"Okay."

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"Okay."

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(A Herman Melville kind of pause.)

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(A Thomas Bailey Aldrich kind of pause.)

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"Yes, well anyway, that's all we have time for this week."

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