April 10, 2004

I see that my sitemeter has gone up sharply since I last worked on the blog. Both Brad DeLong and Matthew Yglesias were intrigued by my throw-away suggestion that Lenin is like Dr. Frankenstein.

Hi to all the new visitors, although I suspect that most of the new visitors have come and gone already.

For what it is worth, I did not make the expliit comparison between Lenin and Frankenstein in class (the kids did not even know the punch line to the classic Frankenstein story, why confuse them.) I did use the tension between goals and means to help explain things, although I focused more on the 1903 split between Bolsheviks and Mensheviks.

Posted by Red Ted at April 10, 2004 06:41 AM | TrackBack

I took the plunge and followed the link from BDL. Looking forward to your next posts.

Posted by: vachon at April 10, 2004 10:24 AM

Curious as to what you think the "punch line" to the classic Frankenstein story is. (I'm assuming you mean Shelley.)

Posted by: DFH at April 12, 2004 11:53 AM

"There are some things that man was not meant to know."

Please tell me I have not forgotten the correct ending.

Feh, just checked http://www.gutenberg.net/etext93/frank14.txt
and I don't see the line.

I hate it when I do that.

Posted by: Red Ted at April 12, 2004 12:44 PM

"I meddled in things man was not meant to know" were the final words of Dr. Griffin, the Invisible Man...at least in the Claude Rains version. :-)

Posted by: DFH at April 13, 2004 09:12 AM

Bah, I got the line wrong too. It was "I meddled with things man must leave alone."

Posted by: DFH at April 14, 2004 03:53 AM
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