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…

Go Get 'er, Flannery!

Finding this quotation by Flannery O'Connor made me so happy. Especially in light of all the love Ayn Rand is getting from conservatives lately.

“I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the nearest garbage pail. She makes Mickey Spillane look like Dostoevsky.” 
 (The Habit of Being: Letters by Flannery O’Connor, page 398)


Rose said…
Completely, completely agree. I listened to about five minutes of Ayn Rand on audio tape. Then, yeah, I turned it off.
Erica said…
I made it about a quarter of the way through The Fountainhead, and it started out interesting...but then it got preachier...and preachier...and finally I gave up. Especially when she was evidently trying to put altruism in a bad light, but all the altruists in the book are not, in fact, altruistic. Rand was mistress of insane troll logic. :D