Tuesday, September 29, 2015

14th-Century Trolls

Meanwhile, I made it to Book 4 of THE DECAMERON, which Boccaccio starts by addressing everyone who has been complaining about the first three parts because the author, in their opinion, 1) writes for women 2) is too old 3) doesn't know what he's talking about 4) has squandered his early promise 5) isn't serious 6) makes stuff up. They didn't need the "internet" to get the word out! All they needed was their rancorous fear of other people's enjoyment, a powerful fuel still in use today. Don't feed the trolls, Boccaccio!