Monday, February 20, 2006


I've decided to enable pop-up comments here.

Comments are a subsection of a blog, so it's a pain in the ass to have to select an option to see the original post to which one is responding, particularly if the site doesn't get many comments to begin with.

Also, what madman designed the Blogger non-pop-up comment thread template? That shit is *just*ugly.*

No part of this statement should be intended to convey a belief that I will, do, or have had commenters.


Anonymous Sebastian Holsclaw:

"No part of this statement should be intended to convey a belief that I will, do, or have had commenters."


2/22/2006 01:25:00 AM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

Good to see you defying expectations, Sebastian.

2/24/2006 03:44:00 AM  
Blogger CharleyCarp:

Thought about you last week, Jack. I spent most of the week in Quincy, Illinois, which joins in its tourist brochures (and on a plaque in the main square) with neighboring Nauvoo, Illinois.

I never heard anyone say it: do you know how Nauvoo is pronounced? I was surprised to learn that it was the biggest city in Illinois in 1844.

Have you posted anything on Banner of Heaven? I presume you've read it. Just wondering.

2/26/2006 08:48:00 AM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

It's pronounced Nah-vou. Its size was sort of the problem: when the Mormons drew up the city charter with the state, the land was swampy and unpromising. The state didn't expect that the Mormons were going to be able to make much of it, or it would probably have never given the city the kind of autonomy that it did. (I've never looked into the actual terms of the charter; all this history is Mormon lore.)

But then the Mormons dredged the land and brought in everyone they'd settled in Missouri, plus whatever converts they were making. Joseph Smith began to proclaim polygamy and issue rather more *interesting* doctrine. He also began to throw his weight around, backed by the power of the broad city charter. At one point he was even talking about running for US president. It seems that the state of Illinois was, um, nonplussed by the growth of Nauvoo. The local non-Mormons certainly were: that's where Joseph Smith was lynched.

About the Banner of Heaven: I really should read it, but I haven't been able to bring myself to. Everything I've read about it, even the more positive reviews, makes it sound hysterical and offensive. I should read it for myself, though.

2/27/2006 09:28:00 AM  

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