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A year ago on Round and Square (18 September 2012)—Writing and Time: Reading Logs (a)
Today's Round and Square Guest Contributor is Rachel Johnson. Rachel, from Burr Ridge, IL, just graduated from Beloit College with a BA in anthropology and a minor in Asian Studies. She was introduced to William Edgar Geil through a course taught by Rob LaFleur, and she is currently working in Doylestown, Pennyslvania with four other interns to digitize his archives with the Doylestown Historical Society. She and Geil share a mutual love of travel and of Chinese history and culture in particular, which is what drew her to study him further.
In today’s selection from the Geil archives, we get to see a fascinating side of Geil…how others saw him, at the time. This comes in the form of a list of “helpful” suggestions---at least one of which ended up being more helpful than intended.
More importantly, we are reminded that not everything is all fire and brimstone with Geil himself. The fact that he recognized the jokes in the suggestions his companions gave him, and, what’s more, recorded them in his Great World-wide Travel journal, suggests that he could take a joke with the best of them…and perhaps, though this might be wishful thinking, perhaps there is some of that same tongue-in-cheek self-deprecation in his final title, A Yankee in Pigmyland.
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