Wednesday, January 10, 2007


The Simian Dictionary of Sir Richard Burton

Sir Richard Francis Burton, explorer and scholar, soldier and spy, appparently also kept house with forty monkeys and wrote his own Simian Dictionary. Really, what else do you need to know about the guy? He's clearly the coolest person who ever lived.

The items that come to mind whenever I think of Burton are Arabian Nights and Riverworld. :-)
Is anyone else thinking "Tarzan on Riverworld" right now? :)
I certainly can't think of a better introduction to RFB than Riverworld.

Have you guys seen Patrick Bergin's star-turn as Burton in Mountains of the Moon?
Sadly, no. But I can blame the family and its need for "wholesome" fair such as The Last Kiss or Just My Luck. Movies I want to see seem to come through the front door in brown paper bags.
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