Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Myths and Chest Bursters - that'll get Boys reading

Miriam, over at Mirium's Ideas, has more thoughts about Boys Don't Read. Turns out she is a former children's librarian. She agrees that boys "like stories of survival and adventure." She also mentions Greek Myths. I remember wearing out a paperback copy of Edith Hamilton's Mythology. I still remember some of the pictures, especially the Minotaur. But I guess you can't teach Greek myths today. Maybe they're not 'culturally relavent'? (Now of course they have Notes to Edith Hamilton's Mythology, which itself was a kind of notes to Greek myth. Where does it end?)

Oh, and Miriam hates celebrity writers. "The books by celebrities are the worst--O'Reilly, Ann Coulter, Al franken, etc. Whoever writes these books, whether they are left-wing or right wing, they are sub-literate. Pathetic. Awful.No wonder library patrons make a beeline for the DVD collection, bypassing books entirely."

Good point. I'd rather watch Alien for the 97th time than read Ann Coulter. Although the thought of an embronic Al Franken, glistening with slime and hissing between his silver fangs, bursting from O'Reilly's chest has some appeal.


Blogger miriam said...

Thanks for the link, Thomas. I've got a lot more to say about books, particularly bestsellers. "Five people you Meet in Heaven"! I'd rather read toilet paper. Actually, these books are toilet paper.

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