@laurel Re: your last paragraph, I think Becky's thinking bigger-picture than the little factual errors of the film, which, let's remember, is about using fossilized mosquito blood to BRING DINOSAURS BACK TO LIFE.
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I'm feeling deja-vuey - hasn't a very similar story to this been published (not in the Awl) but in the Washington Post (about Alaska) and someplace else I can't remember but definitely about Willston? The second one I remember being a bit more menacing - women were afraid to walk alone because so many men would approach them.
The giant squid! THE GIANT SQUID!
I have referred many many friends to "The Lost City of Z" and never had one person fail to read and love it. It is THAT GOOD. get on that if you haven't already. Also, David Grann's twitter. I enjoy it!
Ken Layne! What on earth is that thing on the desk to the left of the typewriter?
I haven't seen the second season yet so I skimmed most of this but YES, YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES, etc. Laura Dern and Mike White are just so heartbreakingly wonderful.
@bobby finger@twitter I can't even. The movie is about poor British people who raise their station by moving a former colony where they can re-enact colonialism by having brown people cater to their every need, becoming richer emotionally and financially (by comparison!) in the process. The brown people offer wisdom, adulation and comfort, their own poverty flattened into a gentle background matte. Dev Patel's character quoting "Your own Mr. Kipling" in order to make an old white person feel better made me want to set myself on fire.
I honestly expected to come back to this and realize that I'd been had by one of the Awl's classic "The problems of tone on the web" parodies. This movie is indefensible.
I am sputtering over here. It doesn't "patronize its audience or reduce its characters to stereotypes," except for oh I don't know, the whole of India, a country still emerging from the terrible legacy of colonialism, which this film so nicely and sweetly reifies? "Even Dev Patel" gets his own storyline, WHAT A TREAT FOR HIM.