Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Big Bird as Campaign Issue

We are in a political situation rife with big issues: the economy, gay marriage, health care, abortion, foreign policy, terrorism. The idea that people are actually deciding who to vote for based on whether a fictional talking bird will remain on TV, makes me uncertain of whether I want to live here anymore. It sounds a little too much like Fahrenheit 451.



Comments

DebD said…
Good grief. I felt the same way when NPR did a piece about the outrage & protesting toward Romney because 20yrs ago he had put his dog on the roof of the car. Yeah, it was stupid, but their refusal to vote for him simply because of that incident..seriously??

I don't understand why PBS is such a gilded idol in this country. As if those shows would really disappear if gov't funding stopped. Do thoughtful people really think that would happen?

Thank God Dr. Who moved from PBS to BBCAmerica years ago.
Erica said…
It's really surreal, isn't it?

Bread and circuses and all that jazz.