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pmichelreichold Mar 17th, 2017 (edited) 138 Never
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  1. The Song of the Whistling Crab by Michael McGlade in @kaleidotrope  is a tale of a man (Cú) and his hermit crab. The man’s a hermit as well, so it works well for them.  The crab whistles. Remember that.
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  3. http://www.kaleidotrope.net/archives/winter-2017/
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  5. They met after the man’s wife (Saoirse) ran off with a circus strongman and the man ran after her.  Then he heard the song of the crab. A fair trade, a hermit crab for a hermit’s wife. They, man and crab, were soul mates, and the crab’s whistled song– mesmerizing.
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  7. One day the strongman and the hermit’s wife come for the crab, to take it back. And thereby hangs the tale of the man and the whistling crab.
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  9. “Cú” means “hound” in Irish. “Saoirse” means “freedom”. So it goes the freedom-seeking wife is at first hounded by the husband.  The strongman with whom the wife seeks freedom sounds like a hero from epic poetry,  mighty-thewed. The crab’s name is– Jules Verne.
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  11. This all sounds symbolic, like “The Yellow Wallpaper”, only with a crab who whistles a song about the sea. The sea is ever-calling, and the crab hears/whistles the song all the time. One day he’d like to return to the sea. It is a science fictional crab, to be sure. The song of Jules Verne would be science fiction, so perhaps the tale is about the transformative power of science fiction.
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  13. http://www.kaleidotrope.net/archives/winter-2017/
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  15. philippmichelreichold.com
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