Adult-Handpicked Children’s Bedtime Reading Guild: Goodnight, Democracy

In this week’s Adult-Handpicked Children’s Bedtime Reading Guild…

Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon. We’ve read it to Cyrus in English, we’ve read it to Cyrus in Spanish. We’ve read it upside down and at two in the morning. Over breakfast and underwater.

The New Yorker dismissed it as a “hypnotic bedtime litany.” New York Public Library rejected it for its “unbearabl[e] sentimentality” before finally stocking the title twenty six years after its initial publication in 1947. The rabbit might be Blanche Oelrich, estranged wife of stage titan John Barrymore, with whom the author had a ten year lesbian affair.

Christopher Walken on The Simpsons, with the scooching.

 

Now Goodnight, Moon falls into the deepest oubliette of the American cultural void: the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

 

The similarities will stitch their way into your psyche quicker than a pedal-operated Singer.

Again:

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Never sleep ever again.

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Goodbye, horses.

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