I'm becoming somewhat obsessed with pirates. I blame the whole thing on Aaron Renier, who kindly created a book for us where 50% of the action happens on board a ship in an alternative Napoleonic-era worldlet.
Subsidiary blame gets assigned to Drew Weing, whose Set to Sea I got to see this weekend at SPX (but alas, have not yet read -- soon!), and Yuko Ota, who signed a book for me with a character who was wearing a three-masted galleon as a hat! And also these two books (prose, mysterious!) that I happened to read as well.
This is all coincidence, mind you. But I'm wondering if there are cultural cycles that are spinning a return of the pirate post-Pirates of the Caribbean in 2007. Or maybe it just takes that long for the literary consumer cycles to echo the movie ones?
In any case: Talk Like a Pirate Day is this Sunday, and you should celebrate! Possibly with an utterance of 'arrrrr, matey!' or two, and definitely with some grog. And also with these:
(This picture is awesome; it's of the planks that 826 Valencia sells at their piratical store. Everyone should have one, if only to hold over your kittens' heads when they misbehave! Picture ganked from seany@flickr [http://www.flickr.com/photos/seany/3158063162/]. Thanks, Sean!)
Have kids you want to celebrate your piraticalness with this Sunday? Try our Piratical Activity Kit.