14 April 2009

While editing a paper

While editing a paper for a presentation tomorrow i came across this quoute, quite possibly one of my favorite and the reason why the work Amanda I are doing is so important.

In a recent article from the Huffington Post, a “Golden Age’ pirate expert tried to compare the two ages of piracy and stated that the current age is ruining the myth of the pirate. “Adds Richard Zacks, author of the best-seller Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd

"I think the Somali pirates are spoiling piracy for the rest of us. Even authors such as yours truly who have spent years in rare book rooms chronicling authentic pirates can't help but have a little Treasure Island/Johnny Depp/Capt. Jack Sparrow in our psyches. I mean, many of the pirate myths are indeed accurate: foul-mouthed, lecherous, booze-crazed youngish men on the prowl for under-manned merchant ships full of portable treasure, preferably gold. I'm sorry but these little motorboats full of Kalashnikov-toting Somalis, ready to negotiate a cell phone ransom, just don't make for a good new chapter for Robert Louis Stevenson."”

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