Share via Email All alone … a scene from A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness Ben Rivers is an essayist and experimentalist in the cinema whose weird and wonderful film Two Years at Sea gained an enthusiastic following. Now he has returned with a new work, in collaboration with the American film-maker Ben Russell.
The grievances I have are many, starting with the title. It is not our youth, she claimed, it is our boys.
Why not be specific — say American male youth?
They make a convincing case for his insanity, but they did not SEE the notebook after which they titled their book.
That is misleading, and there is more frustration. The authors paint broadbrush strokes about mass shootings, making statements like the Eric Harrises of the world are everywhere. No they are not. Eric Harris was the teenaged mastermind of the Columbine shooting.
And shootings, even if on the rise, are not epidemic, and Harris is not everywhere. If that is not bad enough, the Singulars seem not to have done their homework: One might imagine they imagined themselves the first duo to tackle this issue. Their lack of context, their absenting of the fact that they are entering a dialogue long ago begun by multiple scholars, was maddening.
Finally, they employ this annoying device wherein they reference their son Eric — a quintillion times — to make the point that young people again broadbrush like Eric and the others they interviewed have a vastly different perspective on mass shootings that we old codgers do.
They are used to such violence, accept it as some kind of fact of life. Stop with the imposed generation gap, Singulars. This book made me quake because it is an important topic, and I believe the authors failed to deliver solid analysis.
I took away some good statistics though I will verify the heck out of them before using them in my school shootings class this fall! Do a literature search. Understand the critical conversation that is already happening before you enter with such bravado. Sorry, I cannot recommend this one. This is my second time reading it — to see if it will work for my Villains, Vengeance, and Violence class.
It is a plot-heavy, zany story of a villainous father, Manfred, whose sins have created havoc for his family.
When he sets his sights on a young woman formerly betrothed to his son, all chaos breaks loose. She is not into him. He is not taking no for an answer. Ancient curses are coming to bear on the mess.
It is a madhouse of 18th century Gothic. The language is not as accessible as contemporary novels, of course, but it is especially charming for the fabulous curses that abound — great fodder for ridding oneself of cocktail-party nuisances.
It is nearly pages long and worth the read. It is one of those novels I bought, stuck on a shelf, and thought about reading a zillion times.
I am happy I finally did.A taut and emotional story of a kin introduced jointly through awesome forces, condo of Glass is a harrowing exploration of the lengths a mom will visit defend her kids, and the ability of tragedy to coach us what actually issues.
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