Obama and Conan
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Feb. 1st, 2009 | 07:08 pm
I am not sure how well known this is, but our president has a complete collection of Conan comics. As it turns out, I have just started reading my first Conan book titled - The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian. The version I am reading is the illustrated series published by Del Rey, which has published all of Howard's major works in a similar fashion. I read Solomon Kane last year, and I will be reading Bran Mak Morn shortly after I finish Conan. Howard has a certain prose which is very enjoyable to read, which summons to the mind an older, rougher age. There are two other Conan books in the series, and I suspect that I will be buying those also.
In the Jan 27th edition of The Onion, there is an interesting article on Obama and Conan. It is a very enjoyable read, and I am growing to like our new president more and more. He is shaking up things a bit in Washington, and I think that is a good thing.
Howard quote of the day.
I published this in my other blog, but it is just too good not to publish in this blog as well. This particular quote comes from the short story The Tower of the Elephant, which is perhaps one of the more well known Conan stories:
"Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing."