Sunday, August 28, 2005

Good Old Gory Classics

Gotta love parents who don't like Lois Lowry's The Giver, but are willing to overlook teen suicide in Romeo and Juliet. (Thanks Sister Andrea!)

I think Marc Acito says it best in How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater from the perspective of a high school English Teacher, Mr. Lucas:

"Oedipus Rex. A heartwarming little family story in which our hero
kills his father, sleeps with his mother, and gouges his own eyes out.
If it had been written last year, the school board would be burning it
on the front lawn, but since it's two thousand years old, it's deemed
acceptable for your impressionable little brainlets" (pg. 58).


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