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25 September 2012


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Lord Curzon

I could not agree more with "It's starts with the parents".

When my son(8), came into this world the first thing I did was remove the television. We do not have one in the house. It gives him so much more time to play and to read, to open his imagination and really lose himself in his books - The Just So Stories, Ted Hughes' The Iron Man, The Wind in the Willows and anything by Roald Dahl and Michael Morpurgo.

I also am a strong believer in audio-books - instead of mindless music on car journeys, put on 'A Bear Called Paddington' and you won't hear a peep, so enthralled is he!

He's now reading The Hobbit, and in future I intend to point him in the direction of the great authors mentioned above.


RE: "He's now reading The Hobbit"

Lord Curzon,

Best move you've ever made for him [at present].

I second the collection of works by the honorable Roald Dahl [as staple for children].

RE: "The Wind in the Willows"

I watched the British production as a child, good memories....


Whether anyone thinks the literature that was popular in the 60s-70s era was good, or not, my experience was that in greyhound bus station circa 1970, one could find in the gift shop racks writers such as Vonnegut, Heller, Mailer, and Kesey.

And folks riding those buses were occasionally reading those authors.


Now there's an interesting reference. One never seems to know what bits of historical significance will be made on this blog.


Kurt Vonnegut was a [real humorous] humanist [& atheist] who portrayed the dystopic symptoms of modern American society.

His works are definitely worth the time & money to procure.

"Almost nobody's competent, Paul. It's enough to make you cry to see how bad most people are at their jobs. If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in the kingdom of the blind."

the 'Piano Player' (1952)

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."

There are plenty of good reasons for fighting," I said, "but no good reason ever to hate without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty Himself hates with you, too. Where's evil? It's that large part of every man that wants to hate without limit, that wants to hate with God on its side. It’s that part of every man that finds all kinds of ugliness so attractive.

'Mother Night' ('62)

"Pretend to be good always, and even God will be fooled."

from 'God Bless You, Mr Rosewater, or Pearls Before Swine' ('65)

"Robert Kennedy, whose summer home is eight miles away from the home I live in all year round, was shot two nights ago. He died last night. So it goes. Martin Luther King was shot a month ago. He died, too. So it goes. And everyday my government gives me a count of corpses created by the military service in Vietnam. So it goes.

Slaughterhouse V ('69)

Wars would be a lot better, I think, if guys would say to themselves sometimes "Jesus — I'm not going to do that to the enemy. That's too much."

from 'Happy Birthday, Wanda June', a play performed in N.Y.C. (1970)

"The telling of jokes is an art of its own, and it always rises from some emotional threat. The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful."


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