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Some levity for your weekend

So, guys, things are getting a touch serious around here.  The city’s apparently closing mass transit tomorrow, and New Yorkers get a little edgy when there’s a routine train delay, so the impending hurricane has people somewhat nervous.  Instead of deliberating what degree of panic I should ratchet up to with that new announcement, I decided those of us in Hurricane Irene’s way or just having a rough day might want something to distract ourselves.  So I went to the best distraction source I know, cracked.com.

If you’re also feeling a bit freaked out or just down in the dumps, use some of that electricity while you’ve still got it and find out why Neo-Nazi’s love Lord of the Rings, that Machiavelli was a troll, how Dick and Jane made us stupider, and if Plato might’ve been trying to tell us where Atlantis was.  By the time you’re done clicking through the treasure trove of humorously rendered dubious facts that is Cracked, probably all your problems will have fixed themselves, right?  Right?

One Response to Some levity for your weekend

  1. I am sadly unsurprised by Neo-Nazis loving THE LORD OF THE RINGS, as I’ve read numerous commentaries on the different species representing different races. It’s an easy thing to read into the book and twist. Guess they kind of ignore the ending to justify their hate, though. I can see the reasoning of the pro-life camp with HORTON HEARS A WHO (even though, duh, it was written before Roe v. Wade), but Seuss’ response was awesome! I know I’ve read things into stories that the author didn’t intend, and while it might have made a richer reading experience for me, I’d feel foolish using it to argue any point unless I knew the author intended it. The killers with THE COLLECTOR got it ass-backwards, though. And, ohhh LOLITA. Interesting article!

    As for the “books interpreted wrong” article (also fascinating), I feel all proud now that we were taught both interpretations of THE JUNGLE. My teachers got it right and wrong at once! We also learned the truth about FAHRENHEIT 451, although I think the book-burning argument is one of those experiences I mentioned above, where it enriches the experience for a lot of us despite being wrong. I can’t imagine having the audacity to tell the author he didn’t understand his book to his face, though. Actually, wait. I’ve seen plenty of people attack authors for “misunderstanding” their own books, but usually those critics had some sort of skewed personal agenda/issue. Something to look forward to for all of us seeking to be published! And poor Machiavelli, getting the Jonathan Swift treatment. By the way, I’m working the library reference desk right now, and the Lewis Carroll entry nearly made me laugh louder than is acceptable.

    Anyway, I’ve rambled and only read two of these so far. Stay safe, all of you!

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