letters to the skellar of attitudes and aardvarks

"The theme I have to talk about is Gebran's paintings, and further more, relate them to his writings. I am desperately in need of the point of views and comments of historic men, in the paintings of Gebran, and every little thing anybody ever said about them, and maybe the analyses to his Paintings if they exist somewhere. I am a desperate college girl. Signed, Nanoo" Uh despite my own numerous points of view, I possessed concerning Gebran, his paintings, the unnamed historic men portrayed in those paintings. The only little thing upon which I could actually comment was this poor student's struggle with the language, and since I noticed the note had originated from Liberia, of all places, I kept quiet, until...

...her second note came later that same day. Nanoo continued, "Hello there, As I've been exploring a long time in Gibran K. pages, I got to a dead end! I'm a college student and I have to prepare a whole presentation as my final exam. The theme I have to talk about is Gebran's paintings, and further more, relate them to his writings. I am desperatly in need of the point of views and comments of historic men, in the Paintings of Gebran, And every little thing anybody ever said about them, and maybe the analyses to his Paintings if they exist somewhere. So pleaaaaaaaaaaase help me! I'm a desperate college girl." Nanoo 

Well, I'd had enough, struggling Liberian coed, whatever. I struck back in high claw, "I sell books. I don't do homework for college girls. I read Gibran and a biography on him when I was roughly your age (outside the university environment), was moved to admiration for awhile, and that's why he is sold on my website, but I am certainly in no position to provide visitors the type of information you request. Hasn't your curriculum prepared you better than this peculiar act of desperation reveals? His books and books about him are certainly on the shelves of the old-fashioned libraries, perhaps at your own university even if you can't find much about him online. I would search there, if as you write, your web trails lead nowhere." I suppose I was a little harsh, but if this "girl" was indeed a university student studying the Lebanese poet who immigrated to America, and spent most of his rather brief life in Boston, I'm afraid what little I remembered after 25 years would hardly prepare her for a passing grade.

Gabriel Thy
Webmaster

May, 1998