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BEDA Installment Seven: What’s with kids these days?

April 8, 2009

It’s not the kids’ faults, I guess: it’s the changing times, so different from even less than a century ago, even much more different from ten years ago.

What is going on here, you ask? Why do your sentences no longer make sense and where did all of this talk come from? Well, I read The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, by Bill Bryson, this afternoon.  It’s a memoir (of course) of Bill Bryson, mainly about his childhood, growing up in the 1950s, which were the happiest times in the history of America, or so he says, and so I believe, and so it seems they honestly and truly were.  I’m guessing I shouldn’t have even thought about reading a book so chocked full of nostalgia when I already feel it so often, but I did, so sue me, and I loved it.  I wish I had so many deliriously simple and happy childhood memories.

I’m going to attempt to not dwell on any of it right now, so on to other matters.

I read about a third of Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger, which means I’m done with Franny and not that far through with Zooey.  I actually am quite enjoying this book/these books as well, especially the style of writing, which is jumpy and yet, paradoxically, constantly on safe and steady ground.

I watched the very beginning of a movie on On Demand today, titled Clean Slate.  It’s about a guy who has a form of amnesia that causes him to forget everything once he goes to sleep.  At some unidentified date, he made a tape recording that explains his condition and tells everything he may need to know about himself to listen to when he inevitably loses his memory once more.  Also, his tape-recorded voice tells him to record everything that happens that day so as to listen to it the next day and therefore retain some memory, at least temporarily.  It is very interesting.

Well, it is getting to be rather late and I don’t want to stray too far off of my sleeping schedule (I didn’t mention that it’s Spring Break now, did I?  it started today, or officially tomorrow, I suppose).  Also, I might possibly be going to a GENE WILDER PARTY TOMORROW (!!!) so I truly do need some sleep.

Enough jibber-jabbering about sleeping when I really should be currently doing so.  Good night, all!

Question Seven: Why the long face?  A little hoarse, are you?

P.S. I apologize for such a horribly short post– I’ll try not to make it a habit in the future.

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