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Archive for August 13th, 2010

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of the classic children’s book  Green Eggs and Ham from Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

  I grew up in the heyday of  Dr. Seuss in the 1960’s and his strange characters and clever wordplay seem as familiar as breathing, so ingrained were they in the popular culture of the time.  Everyone knew the Grinch and the Cat in the Hat but the sheer simplicity and rhythm of Green Eggs and Ham always made it my favorite.

Using only fifty words with all but one being monosyllabic, Geisel created a book that is not really a story so much as a mantra of sound and rhythm.  There is some strange human element, an allure,  in it that I can’t put my finger on.  Whatever the case, I have a huge place in my heart for the simple words of this book.  Fifty years dosen’t seem like too long a time for the timeless.

Perhaps one of the best readings from the book came on Saturday Night Live in 1991.  It was the week after Dr. Seuss died and in tribute the Rev. Jesse Jackson did a dramatic reading .  It is a classic…

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