Of Mice and Men

After suffering a setback today for my project I am reminded of a line from George Burns’ poem “To a Mouse”: “The best laid schemes of mice and men/Often go awry.” John Steinbeck used the phrase for the title of his novel Of Mice and Men, and now I am following in his footsteps with this blog. For the past two weeks, I have been courting author Cornelia Dean as a source for my final project. She said she would do her best to answer my questions. However, after a week of silence, a cruel twist of fate intervened and Dean decided that she could not answer my questions. Instead, she directed me to an article she had written for The New York Times. While I appreciated her response, I felt a little betrayed. She did say after all that she was going to try and answer my questions. I gave her an ample amount of time but I guess she just decided that she didn’t want to be involved in a graduate project.  These are the questions I asked:

1. Hurricane Sandy hit many beaches along the Jersey Shore, but Seaside Heights got the worst of it. In your opinion, what should these beaches have done prior to the storm?
2. Looking at Seaside again, the area is still a disaster zone. The iconic roller coaster is in the ocean. From this point on, do you believe that such things as boardwalks and amusement parks should exist on the beach? How do you see the atmosphere and topography changing within the next ten years?
3. In “Against the Tide,” you talk about America’s love affair with beaches. Do you think something like Hurricane Sandy will permanently prevent people from migrating to the beaches, or do you think its in our nature to build communities by the shore?
I don’t think they were controversial at all. I am just a little annoyed now because the semester is almost over and I don’t have a fourth source. Just when I thought things were winding down with this project, I am stuck again. I hope other people don’t have to deal with this problem.

One thought on “Of Mice and Men

  1. I’m sorry that you suffered this setback. Did she say it was because she didn’t like the nature of your questions or because she didn’t have the time to answer them? Either way, that sucks. I hope you managed to find another source. Good luck as the final due date approaches!

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