Monday, February 20, 2006

Dangerous Books. This time...

...just a joke, for once.

Brian Danilo contributes "The Five Most Dangerous Children's Books Ever Written, According to Sean Hannity" to McSweeney's. (Thanks to Book#$%^ for the link.) Pretty funny stuff. My favorite entries are the first two. Here's a taste:

1. Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • "The metaphor is obvious: a big red canine teaches children the importance of sharing and working together. (While cleverly ignoring the consequences of such un-American behavior.)" I have a problem with the commercialization of Clifford, which makes me, I guess, more a communist than the big red dog himself.

2. A Christmas Carol

  • "Charles Dickens, in frequent correspondence with both Michael Moore and Ivan the Terrible, wrote this book with the sole purpose of undermining the capitalist spirit of Christmas." But, of course! This one is obvious.

Goodnight Moon, A Wrinkle in Time, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn round out the list.

Just what I needed on a Monday.