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Re: Dropping Like Flies
« Reply #9435 on: February 09, 2023, 10:44:56 pm »
^^ DONíT ANY OF YOU DARE CORRECT ME.

correction #2: WE DO NOT HAVE SHEL SILVERSTEIN.  he died in 1999.
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Re: Dropping Like Flies
« Reply #9436 on: February 09, 2023, 11:13:53 pm »
Last time I read the Giving Tree I was bawling mid wayÖ. That was a couple of years ago

What a horrible book

I wish Shel was alive so I could ask him WTF

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Re: Dropping Like Flies
« Reply #9437 on: February 09, 2023, 11:30:34 pm »
Last time I read the Giving Tree I was bawling mid wayÖ. That was a couple of years ago

What a horrible book

I wish Shel was alive so I could ask him WTF

Likewise... read it once to my one of my children and never again.

Re: Dropping Like Flies
« Reply #9438 on: February 09, 2023, 11:50:19 pm »
What a horrible book
I wish Shel was alive so I could ask him WTF
my thoughts exactly
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Re: Dropping Like Flies
« Reply #9439 on: February 09, 2023, 11:50:42 pm »



another fun silverstein fact: despite his looks, he "never married, and according to the 2007 biography A Boy Named Shel, slept with 'hundreds, perhaps thousands of women.'"
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Re: Dropping Like Flies
« Reply #9440 on: February 10, 2023, 12:44:55 pm »
Oof, I guess I'm really on the outs, re: popular opinion, in that I love The Giving Tree, clearly, there are problematic elements, and the "Boy" is a dick, but 1.) It was the first gift that my grandmother gave me (sent in the mail with a little handwritten forward by her) and 2.) It kind of hit's different now; my mom died of glioblastoma recently and I'm just now thinking about the little comforts of the past year between learning and her passing. A lot of us are kind of dumbfuck little children throughout most of our lives, in relation to our parents and the developing relationship from our birth to their death.   
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Re: Dropping Like Flies
« Reply #9441 on: February 10, 2023, 12:47:02 pm »



another fun silverstein fact: despite his looks, he "never married, and according to the 2007 biography A Boy Named Shel, slept with 'hundreds, perhaps thousands of women.'"
Well, yeah, he had all that sweet, sweet giving tree money.
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Re: Dropping Like Flies
« Reply #9442 on: February 10, 2023, 12:57:14 pm »
Itís just the ultimate book about entitlement.

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Re: Dropping Like Flies
« Reply #9443 on: February 10, 2023, 01:07:54 pm »
Itís just the ultimate book about entitlement.
Listen, the Julian's America thread is over there.
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Re: Dropping Like Flies
« Reply #9444 on: February 10, 2023, 01:22:19 pm »
Silverstein was definitely riding high on that 60s free love trip. Also, kind of hip and rough and tumble looking for a Jew (says the pale, frail Ashkenaz on this end of the keyboard). I always felt he had a Yul Brynner or Telly Savalas thing going on. I mean, it's a better look for a bald Jew than say a Larry David.
   I always viewed the book as a story of the disconnect between a parent and child and the inability to communicate. That and the human drive to expect satisfaction to come from something more complicated than what we have at hand, but I'm a person who says a lot of things and assumes people will understand the barely negotiable subtext that I usually assume is easily seen. 
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Re: Dropping Like Flies
« Reply #9445 on: February 10, 2023, 04:02:08 pm »
fun silverstein fact: he wrote "a boy named sue." 

While I was always aware that he wrote Sue (Shel's books were among the most popular in my elementary school library), it was only recently that I became aware that it was about Jean Shepherd, the narrator and co-script writer of A Christmas Story.
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Re: Dropping Like Flies
« Reply #9447 on: February 12, 2023, 06:51:14 pm »
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Re: Dropping Like Flies
« Reply #9448 on: February 12, 2023, 07:19:30 pm »
Do we need a separate RIP balloon thread?

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Re: Dropping Like Flies
« Reply #9449 on: February 12, 2023, 08:53:32 pm »
David Jolicoeur of De La Soul
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