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remnant 78: “My defense against the adult world…”

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For the record, I don’t think I have ever disliked anything as long or as well as I disliked school: the arbitrary violence, the lack of power, the pointlessness of so much of it….

My defense against the adult world was to read everything I could. I read whatever was in front of me, whether I understood it or not.

I was escaping. Of course I was—C.S. Lewis wisely pointed out that the only people who inveigh against escape tend to be the jailers. (“What the [Very Bad Swearword] Is a Children’s Book, Anyway? The Zena Sutherland Lecture,”pp. 80, 81)

We [Neil Gaiman and Geoff Notkin] drew comics together, in the back of the classes that bored us. Most classes bored us. We were smart kids who ignored most of school (we both liked the art rooms, I liked the schools library) and taught ourselves, because that seemed like more fun. We liked being disliked by the teachers, and neither of us actually got around to graduating. (“Goeff Notkin: Meteorite Man,” pp. 141-142)

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July 21, 2016 at 2:52 pm

remnant 64: ‘Are we that warlike, that childish, that afraid?’

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Oh no … really? Is that who we are now? Blind, unquestioning, warlike? Are we that violent, that childish, that silly, that shallow? Are we that afraid of others? Of ourselves? Of the possibility of genuine change? Are we that easily swayed, that capable of defending “American interests”, whatever “American interests” means? Are we that racist, that terrified, that protective of an idea that we don’t even question what the idea has come to represent?

Never forget!

Michael Stipe: ‘Are we that warlike, that childish, that afraid?’

“Exhuming McCarthy”

“Ignoreland”

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September 12, 2014 at 12:35 pm

remnant 39: “Lou Reed was massively important to ‘Island of Misfit Toys’ kids”

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With the passing of Lou Reed, Rolling Stone has collected reflections on Reed, including one from R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, who punctuates his piece beautifully with the following:

Lou Reed was massively important to “Island of Misfit Toys” kids. Every single child of the 21st century who is not square owes him a moment of reflection and thanks.

As I have been listening to 1988’s Green because of a wonderful reflection in The Atlantic by Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Stipe’s reflection reminded me of “The Wrong Child”:

“The Wrong Child”

Green, R.E.M.

I’ve watched the children come and go
A late long march into spring
I sit and watch those children
Jump in the tall grass, leap the sprinkler
Walk in the ground, bicycle clothespin spokes
The sound the smell of swingset hands

I will try to sing a happy song
I’ll try and make a happy game to play

Come play with me I whispered to my new found friend
Tell me what it’s like to go outside
I’ve never been
Tell me what it’s like to just go outside
I’ve never been and I never will

I’m not supposed to be like this
I’m not supposed to be like this but it’s ok

Hey those kids are looking at me
I told my friend myself, “those kids are looking at me”
They’re laughing and they’re running over here
They’re laughing and they’re running over here
What do I do? What can I do? What should I do?
What do I say? What can I say?

I said “I’m not supposed to be like this
Let’s try to find a happy game to play
Let’s try to find a happy game to play
I’m not supposed to be like this but it’s ok”
Ok

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November 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm

remnant 28: “The few own the many because…”

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The few own the many because they possess the means of livelihood of all … The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor. The majority of mankind are working people. So long as their fair demands – the ownership and control of their livelihoods – are set at naught, we can have neither men’s rights nor women’s rights. The majority of mankind is ground down by industrial oppression in order that the small remnant may live in ease.

― Helen Keller

helen keller

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August 4, 2013 at 2:24 pm

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