Beck, Snookie, and Twain. Yes. I said it.
So I’m sure we’ve all heard that both Glen Beck and The Jersey Shore’s Snookie have both reached the top of the New York Times.
I mean…do you have any idea how many talented writers there are in the world? I have more talent in my pinky than Beck has in his brain – which if you read that first ‘book’ of his, you would agree with me – and yet…I’m not a published author.
Okay, so that in itself is kinda my fault, but you know bills and stuff. But still…it’s more of a comment on our society. I sent a tweet over to Ashley Kingsley (@ashleykingsley) on Twitter asking if I were to say ‘Melville’ or ‘Hawthorne’ to the younger generation, would they know who they were?
And no, I won’t tell you who they are if you don’t know. You have technology, you can look it up. :p However, if you do know, you can leave comments. Those are okay.
And don’t even get me started on the whole deal with Mark Twain. Look – I’m black. And I’ve read Huck Finn. In fact, it had been required reading when I was in school (and I’m not that old, damn it!) and I didn’t have an issue with the ‘N’ word. Know why? Cause the book was written in a time when that was kosher.
My friends and I had this discussion. Do we as society somehow forget history? Or is it that we forget it enough that we are doomed to repeat it? Do kids even read books anymore? And I mean actual books, like Melville, Hawthorne, Hurston, Wright, and Twain. I’ve actually gotten back into reading, thanks to downloading the Kindle onto my Android phone.
I read Washington, as I don’t think I ever had before; re-reading Doyle’s great detective; and of course working my way through Poe. Who doesn’t love Poe? Or rather, can anyone name two stories by Poe that are not the Raven?
This is why I miss being a kid. You know, I think tomorrow everyone can listen to how much I miss Saturday morning cartoons.
- The “N” word and Huck Finn (readingkidsbooks-teenreads.blogspot.com)
- Censoring Mark Twain and Our Nation’s Racial Past (humanrights.change.org)
- Daily Show on censoring Twain: ‘Slave was just a job description’ (crooksandliars.com)
- Anger over Glen Beck’s Soros Holocaust remarks (thejc.com)