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5 May 2012—Primary Sources: My Book Bag
5 May 2011—Endings: The Rhetoric of Fiction
|[a] Highlights Magazine November 1959|
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] Old but clean RF|
"But at least he's reading," I hear you say.
"But today it would be an IPad," I hear you say.
I'm talkin' books here (the piece ran in 1959, after all), and they still matter. One of my great "first-world" fears is that someone with grubby hands will paw my treasured copy of Franz Boas's Tsimshian Mythology. I shudder even to think of it.
Goofus is a book-jerk, and I loathe his ilk. Books should command respect.
My guy Gallant gets that.
|[c] Respect RF|