As mentioned in a recent column, my wife and I developed a mythology about Cuttyhunk Island (population maybe 50) while on vacation there a couple of weeks ago -- one involving the sacrifice, by locals, of tourists to the sinister fish gods. Then, while visiting the Cuttyhunk Public Library, we happened to notice a copy of Shirley Jackson's short fiction atop the stack of newly returned books. Not that this proves anything, of course.
Here is my short guided tour, filmed with a digital camera as Rita drove the golf cart. I think there may be three or four trucks on the island. Everybody else drives golf carts. Unfortunately we did not take pictures of the more pimped-out ones.
My thanks to Chris Shae for posting an item about the column at the Boston Globe's blog Brainiac.
It is not too suprising that someone wrote in to wax indignant over my mention of the fact that The Tempest is now commonly accepted as having been written and peformed in 1611. Naturally this is unacceptable to those who believe that the author of Shakespeare's plays was Edward de Vere, since he was well dead by that point. I did not address this in the column because (1) the piece was already long enough and (2) who cares?
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