I do love Amelie. To me, it covers the idea of love on a much broader scale: love between friends, love of family, lost love, unrequited love, and even the affection we can feel for complete strangers that we pass in the street.
You make many great points throughout this essay. I think your critique of my essay is fair and spot on. My analysis of Rachel is grossly simplified to make the larger point of rising anti-intellectualism in America. I think your analysis does a better job giving Rachel her due. Kudos to you.
Thank you for the feedback. I absolutely get where you are coming from. You’re right. But I wouldn’t get too hung up on the word “edit.” The main point comes afterward: “Gently encouraging and redirecting, without judgment and only with greatest hope for what each of you are capable of — both as individuals and as a team. Marriage should make us…
Those journalistic chapters about the whaling industry are a beating, but I understand why they are there. While it pains me to say this as a former English teacher—as a reader—I think you can skip them! You don’t get the “full experience,” but you will get the full story. Good luck! Let me know your thoughts once you finish.