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15 August 2003 @ 05:41 pm
The Undereducation of America's Youth at a New Low...  
So, I'm sitting here at work when my pal Chris the Security Guard (TM) comes around. He tells me how he just picked up some cool posters for his dorm at the collectibles show we have here today. He purchased a poster of Elvis and another of Eminem. Talking about posters and decorating, I took what I felt was my chance to brag.

ME: Well, my favorite is my 40x60 inch poster of David Bowie
Chris: David Bowie...is he an actor or something...?
ME: You don't know who David Bowie is? Are you serious?
Chris: I dunno, if you tell me something about him, maybe I heard of him...
ME: You don't know who David Bowie is!?!?
Chris: Uh, no. What does he do?

There's no way one can be educated in what "he does" without good speakers and a lot of time. I tried and failed miserably. Not one song I tried rang any bells.

I think I'm gonna cry.
 
 
Mood: Stunned
Music: David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes (in my head)
 
 
 
Papilleaupapilleau on August 23rd, 2003 10:27 pm (UTC)
Cultural illiteracy...don't you just love it? Thanks for adding me to your list...I can tell I will enjoy following your journal, and what a great Tom Robbins quote. I think I will crib it and enter it into my own journal!
Mellenabsentmammoth on August 25th, 2003 09:23 am (UTC)
I do hope you own a copy of Still Life with Woodpecker then?

And don't thank me alone, thank the Bibble for the recommendation. He's got good taste in peoples. Thank YOU for adding me back ^_^
Papilleau: jackalpapilleau on August 25th, 2003 10:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, that bibble is one sharp and entertaining dude. ;) I must confess not to have read Robbins, but I've added your suggestion to my Amazon wishlist!
Mellenabsentmammoth on August 25th, 2003 03:05 pm (UTC)
I have half of his books, and am attempting to aquire the rest. Still Life with Woodpecker is MY favorite (very possibly my favorite book of all books), but I'd also highly recommend Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, Jitterbug Perfume and Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas. As soon as I get my reading done on the rest of them, I'm sure I'll sing their praises as well.