My Unschoolers Absorbed in “John Adams” — Abigail Too!

19 03 2008

And they’re not alone, it seems. 🙂

See some cool stuff at the official site too, including video interviews:

March 19, 2008
‘John Adams’ Is a Star on HBO

By Brian Stelter

The first two parts of the HBO miniseries “John Adams” drew high ratings for the premium cable channel.

The first segment, which was 70 minutes, drew an average of 2.5 million viewers on Sunday, and the second segment, at 91 minutes, attracted 2.8 million viewers later that night.

The ratings represented HBO’s best miniseries debut since 2004, Broadcasting & Cable said. The results do not include on-demand viewings, typically an important segment for HBO.

The series, starring Paul Giamatti as America’s second president and Laura Linney as the first lady, is based on the author David McCullough’s biography of Mr. Adams. The miniseries will continue to unfold Sundays at 9 p.m. through April 20.

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7 responses

19 03 2008
JJ

If they bill him as the “second president” then shouldn’t they bill her as the second first lady?

Instead of just the “first lady” as done above, which would logically and grammatically parallel the first president, not the second one. . .

Still not clear, is it? 😉

23 03 2008
JJ

Oh no, John’s so sick, and they’re just gonna LEAVE him that way all week??

24 03 2008
Nance Confer

We objected to that ending last night!

I assume rewrites are in the works. . . 🙂

I enjoyed the brief conversation between Abigail and her daughter, Abigail. Why do men get to have all the adventures? Because we let them! (As I remember it.)

Nance

24 03 2008
JJ Ross

That’s how I heard it, too. And that forced choice truth was a long time changing. Remember, the American reality dramatized in Ragtime the Musical was 125 years later and yet, the Abigail-like Mother sends Father off to the South Seas adventuring with Admiral Perry, singing:

[MOTHER]
Goodbye my love.
God bless you.
And I suppose,
Bless America, too.

You have places to discover,
Oceans to conquer,
You need to know
I’ll be there at the window
While you go on your way.

. . .But, what of the people
Who stay where they’re put,
Planted like flowers
with roots underfoot?

. . .Tell me,
What of the people
Whose boundaries chafe,
Who marry so bravely
And end up so safe?

Tell me how to be someone
Whose heart can explore
While still staying here.
Let this be the year
We both travel…
Goodbye, my love
Journey on.

24 03 2008
JJ Ross

So I hereby add “feminism” to the tags for this post! 😉

24 03 2008
Nance Confer

Good. 🙂

Nance

24 03 2008
JJ

“Choose Nine Books for Your Gift Box”:

. . .And there’s the “home” thing, with Scarlett needing Tara as the home that sustained her through war and the loss of everyone she’d ever loved, Patchett’s proclivity to set her books at home, and Lee’s Scout learning to read at home from watching her dad absorbed in reading the newspaper at home.

Max coming HOME to his very own room, where he found his supper waiting for him, and it was still hot!

Probably this [chosen] historical fiction reflects “home” as theme too, if we think of Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Pimpernel and Ragtime’s characters all leaving home either to defend home, extend home, or create a new home?

From Ragtime’s “Journey On”. . .

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