What do our scandals du jour say about our society?
I enjoyed this one - salacious gossip once the salaciousness has worn off and in a scholar's tone.What do our scandals du jour say about our society?
I enjoyed this one - salacious gossip once the salaciousness has worn off and in a scholar's tone. While it is gossip, certainly, the book is more about WHY this particular celebrities and those particular scandals grabbed the attention of the world - and why they still interest us today.
Individual chapters stand alone, making this almost a short story collection, easy to read in bits and pieces. No narrative thread to keep track of, just a bit of pop culture history. ...more
I was never assigned The Diary of A Young Girl in school - I either picked it up myself or a teacher suggested it to me, right around fifth grade. AndI was never assigned The Diary of A Young Girl in school - I either picked it up myself or a teacher suggested it to me, right around fifth grade. And my fascination with Anne and her circumstances, with the differences between her tiny world and the world-changing events surrounding her story, and with the lessons we can take away from her words, has stuck with me ever since.
Perhaps it's because I read her diary outside of an academic setting, but I've never thought about it as a literary classic. I've always thought of it as non-fiction, as fact, so it never occurred to me to consider the writing, the tone, the level of story telling. Which I suppose is why Francine Prose is an award winner writer, a literary critic, and an English professor, and I am not.
I've never seen either the play or the movie based on the diary, and I can't say the story of adapting and creating them has made me any more interested. The poor characterization and over dramatization sound uninteresting - and the choice of tone sounds unsettling. The story of Anne Frank, and the larger story of the Holocaust, the story that she has come to represent for so many people, is not a comedy.
I particularly enjoyed Prose's look at the different messages people take away from their encounters with the diary. Is Anne a symbol of hope, as her famous quote about believing in the good in people would have us think? Or is she a reminder of the horrors that human beings can perpetuate, as she herself pointed out? Can she be both? Does minimizing her to one or the other - to any single message at all - diminish her, ignore her humanity, allow us to ignore the terrible times she lived through?
I don't know. But it's worth thinking about. ...more
I thought this was fun if uninspired - rather than throwing more creative or dramatic problems between Darcy and Elizabeth as most retellings or updatI thought this was fun if uninspired - rather than throwing more creative or dramatic problems between Darcy and Elizabeth as most retellings or updates do, this one actually did away with a problem - she never hears him insult her at the dance. And then the author plays with what could have gone differently with that one little change. Interesting.
And then there were some very odd plot decisions, and some wildly out of character moves. I loved the beginning of this book, but mostly just tolerated the ending....more