In Which I Argue with William Steig

This perspective from Shrek author William Steig is popping up on some of the Tumblr pages I follow: Art, including juvenile literature, has the power to make any spot on earth the living center of the universe, and unlike science, which often gives us the illusion of understanding things we really do not understand, it helps us to know life in a way that still keeps before us the mystery of things. It enhances the sense of wonder. And wonder is respect for life. I would heartily agree with … [Read more...]

Shrek (2001)

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Anthony Lane at The New Yorker and Eric Metaxas at Books and Culture — these men are admirable and thoughtful critics. And both of them are upset about Dreamworks' new animated movie. They  think Shrek is trying to teach us that we don't need fairy tales.With all due respect to writers whose work I have admired, I'm a little surprised that they're missing the actual target of Shrek's snarky and irreverent story.Let's start at the beginning: Shrek is a somewhat subversive fairy tale about … [Read more...]


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