Last night I watched a documentary called “Paul Goodman Changed My Life.” Goodman changed my life too, way back when we were all reading his “Growing Up Absurd” and Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye” and quoting Camus: “The only philosophical problem is suicide.”
BTW: I just saw where “Catcher In the Rye” is going the way of the dodo bird.
Power Elite Bans Classic Books in U.S, Seeks Exclusive Narrative
“Catcher in the Rye dropped from US school curriculum … Schools in America are to drop classic books such as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye from their curriculum in favour of ‘informational texts’. American literature classics are to be replaced by insulation manuals and plant inventories in US classrooms by 2014. A new school curriculum which will affect 46 out of 50 states will make it compulsory for at least 70 per cent of books studied to be non-fiction, in an effort to ready pupils for the workplace. – RT”
Here’s two posts that resonate together, both by veterans of culture wars, Bruce Gagnon and Jon Rappoport, who pay close attention to what’s between neatly drawn lines of “controlled opposition” dramas that keep most people from even recognizing the drastic nature of the underlying situation. I wonder what Paul Goodman, a provocateur who always poked his long finger right into the beating heart of collectively denied unease, would have to say about endless, pointless wars and systemic poisoning of the global food supply.
Notice how both authors put their titles in all caps. I take that as a sign of extreme frustration.