Jon Stewart’s Allusion

by John Derbyshire

Interesting to hear Jon Stewart, in that clip Avik Roy posted, refer to the Kraken.

I wonder how many people got the reference? It’s Tennyson, who is today as deeply unfashionable as it’s possible for a poet of the first rank to be. Oh, Tennyson!

Though for us early-boomer kids — at any rate, those of us who spent our formative years reading golden-age sci-fi — it was first of all John Wyndham.