John Henry

  1. hero of American folk tales; portrayed as an enormously strong black man who worked on the railroads and died from exhaustion after winning a contest with a steam drill
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  • John Henry Days begins with a brief, impressively vivid description of an airplane trip, a radically condensed version of Mr. Kirn's Up in the Air; the title of Mr. Kirn's novel even makes an appearance: Mr. Whitehead's junketeer is "always up in the air. Air Miles and Press Junkets, Consumerism and Coincidence
  • Unlike John Henry, Uncle Remus was an old, docile, and desexualized African American man who told stories to children.
  • P ope Benedict XVI today recognised the healing of Deacon Jack Sullivan in 2001 as a miracle resulting from the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God John Henry Newman. Newman’s Beatification Approved by Pope Benedict XVI
  • Soon after John Henry got the railroad job, he married a woman named Polly Ann.
  • As they worked, some sang sing about John Henry.
  • John Henry Newman was a well known English educator on higher education.
  • Whitehead has written books about an elevator inspector ("The Intuitionist"), a terminally ironic P.R. junketeer ("John Henry Days") and, in 2009's "Sag Harbor," someone who seemed an awful lot like a young Colson Whitehead. NYT > Home Page
  • The Plot John Henry was born with a hammer in his hand and was the strongest baby anybody had ever seen.
  • John Henry Eden: The real savings will come when people start spending their own money under these high deductible plans. $100 for Lipitor or $4 for lovastatin. The Volokh Conspiracy » New lawsuit on Obamacare
  • After noting the odd inconsequence of J. Sutter, the young, black, journalist-for-hire protagonist of John Henry Days — inconsequence, that is, compared to the folk hero of the title, and “the prophetic thunders and righteous wrath of Frederick Douglass and W.E. B. The Hamptons Renaissance
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