Post Number: 37
|Posted on Friday, April 09, 2004 - 12:57 pm: |
Chris, you make some evocative points as you describe the trajectory of your literary and educational evolution.
When I were a kid, My bestfriend was(is) a rabid comic book collector and mythology nut. And his liberal (and oh-so-FOINE) aunt would doll out to us girlie magazines that she lifted from an adult book distributor she worked for. So, my initial primary literary influences are not Thurston and Baldwin. Rather, they are Stan Lee (Marvel Comics), Greek/Roman/Norse Myths and Oui Magazine articles/commentary. These surely explains the eclectic mix of hyperbole, grandiosity and prurience that often permeate my writing (& social) style, tastes and character.
I agree with you that some (maybe most) of us must evolve from some degree of silliness/fluffery to get to the point of reading more vigorous and challenging literary fare.
Troy, point taken and concurred. We ainít Finland. But, itís like anything else you read: You take some of what you can use and you cast the other stuff aside.
For instance, I do think if we broaden the teaching methodology some, which is what Finland allows, we could in some instances garner better results. I mean, really, should Black boys in the inner city be taught under essentially the same pedagogical structure as that of White girls in suburbia?
And I also think if (ala Finland) being a teacher was even remotely as prized as being Labron James or Beyonce, average SAT scores in Ďda hoodí would soar by +50% inside of 10 years.
Tiffany, I donít mean to take this discussion too far afield from your primary thesis, which is indeed worthy of debate/consideration. I just donít think we can have a productive discussion about the responsibilities of the writer without concurrently considering the duties of the reader.
The ocean becomes the atmosphere...that makes the ocean.
An aside: Troy. If you are going to "Bronze" a guyís "Member", the least you could do is provide a cleanser to help remove some of the residue.