Sunday, September 27, 2009

Comment on The Belmont Club
"The winds of Manakoora"

The Typhoon of 1944 was part of the backstory of The Caine Mutiny.

The sheer size of a hurricane is part of what makes it seem like a monster in a child's nightmare. You can try to run and get behind it but the ocean suddenly seems small, the South China Sea certainly does, and full of treacherous reefs. Which is the most terrifying, a hurricane, an earthquake, or a volcano?

Perhaps the very harshness and unpredictability of nature, when contrasted with the beauty when it is at peace, is part of what makes us love a place. We were not made for a dull Paradise.

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