Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Goofus and Gallant History and Ethnography"
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28 April 2013—Ruptured Civility: Introduction
28 April 2012—La Pensée Cyclique: Mulan Granet (b)
28 April 2011—Lectures: Knowledge Blooming
|[a] Highlights Magazine, January 1961|
This series will teach us a great deal about culture, society...and history. I lived some of it. I would be lying if I said that I didn't aspire to be Gallant...even as I recognized the stupid lack of irony in all of these unreflective adults-writing-for-children-DIDACTIC posts. Still, throughout my childhood, I aspired to be Gallant.
|[b] Pawprint RF|
So Mrs. Amundsen down the street (adults call her "Thelma") misplaces her purse. Even if you're Goofus, you probably will return it to her...but not without rifling through it to find all sorts of things the neighborhood might be talking about, even into the Carter administration.
What was that...? Never mind.
Really, Goofus. Never mind.
And don't even think of touching the paraphernalia of daddy's patriarchy. Oh, my.
But Goofus can't keep his paws off the grocery store fruit, either. Well, fruit isn't a particular problem, and gemüse isn't, either. They can be washed, at least after a fashion.
|[c] Move Along RF|
Remember that G&G are teaching us ethnography and history. Times have changed.
The problem is that the way we think of grocery stores today is much more "plastic" than in 1961. Today, the meat is wrapped; so is the cheese.
Candy usually comes in wrappers.
And do you really want snot-nosed Goofus groping your Milk Duds?
I thought not.
|[d] Hands Off, Goofball RF|