Wednesday, November 4, 2009

O Pioneers!

I love this commercial, I love this poem. I even kinda love these clothes. What I don't love is ignorance. What I don't love even more is literary ignorance. What I don't love the most is when people pretend they know what they don't.

A few weeks ago, I was in a movie theatre and this commercial was played as the pre-preview show. I'm watching, enjoying the reading of one of my favorite poems of all-time and this guy behind me goes, "What is this?" I'm about to answer when a woman near him says, "It's from Lord of the Flies, you remember? By J.D. Salinger."

I kid you not, readers, I spit out my coke. Straight out, onto my lap. The guy then says, "Oh yeah, man, I loved that book, wasn't that the one where the retard kills the animals?" "Yeah, awesome book."

OMG, readers, O.M.G. I turned around and said, "Pioneers! O Pioneers! is a poem by Walt Whitman, William Golding wrote The Lord of the Flies and the book where the 'retard kills the animals' is Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck!"

All I got in response was a miffed "hmmph!"

1 comment:

  1. OMG! I probably would have spit my coke into my lap too!! Love the guys reply! :)


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