Daily Archives: October 18, 2008

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Film

I was not a fan of the book, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I’ve written here before of my family background (both sides of the family were German Jews and some, notably my grandfather, did not leave and were deported and killed) and my reservations about introducing the Holocaust to young children.  I found Bruno’s naivete not credible and his mangling of words such as Fury for Fuhrer annoying (as it made no sense in German).  However, films based on books can be very different so I am willing to consider that this movie may work.  Mind you, I’m skeptical (as I am also NOT a fan of another allegorical Holocaust film Life is Beautiful), but I am willing to wait and see.  One thing I am glad to see in the trailer is that Bruno is eight rather than ten so his innocence is a tad more possible.  I can’t tell too much more yet from the trailer. We’ll see.

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Thalia’s Got Cornelia Funke Tomorrow!

Thalia Kids’ Book Club events are lively talks between children’s book authors and their fans (ages 9-12) plus one event for teens. Each event includes a creative writing project, a free-wheeling discussion with the audience, and a book signing. Sometimes an actor stops by to read from the book. Co-presented with Bank Street Bookstore.

First up is Cornelia Funke tomorrow followed by Jonathan Stroud, Kirstin Miller, Gary Schmidt, Jeanne Birdsall, and Sherman Alexie.  Quite the line-up, wouldn’t you say?  All events are held at the Symphony Space, 95th Street and Broadway in New York City.

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Poems of Childhood

The poetry of childhood is rarely simple; even an apparently straightforward poem of childhood memory, At the Sea-Side by Robert Louis Stevenson, has a deeper undercurrent running just below the surface. We are reminded that even children are subject to the tide that governs our affairs.

Poster poems: Childhood | Books | guardian.co.uk

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Water vs Paper

We are kind of disgusting. I’m being polite about it. In water cultures like India, where you see all these people going to do their business with a little cup of water, they think we’re extremely dirty. They can’t believe it. Muslims, who have to be scrupulously clean according to the laws of the Quran, also think it’s kind of weird that we have this habit of using paper, and imagining we’re clean. We’re not.

Salon’s Katharine Mieszkowski interviews Rose George, author of “The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters.”

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