November 10, 2004

Stupid Celebrity Quote of the Day

From the NY Post today:

Ethan Hawke satirized New York's over- demanding parents Monday when he out lined his plans for Maya, 6, his daughter with Uma Thurman. "I've already started compiling her reading list," the sometime novelist told the audience at the Glamour Women of the Year awards at the Ameri can Museum of Natural History. "It starts with the Hans Christian Andersen in the original Dutch (emphasis added), because that's important. Then there's Homer and she'll go straight into the complete collected works of Judy Blume, because as any man knows, there's no better guide to the teen woman than 'Deenie.' "

Dutch, you nincompoop? Dutch? Try Danish. Hans Christian Andersen wrote in Danish. You know, Ethan, Danish is not just something you eat with your coffee.

On that note, I leave you with the statue of the Little Mermaid from Copenhagen (you know, in Denmark?):


Posted by Random Penseur at November 10, 2004 01:52 PM

The word that comes to mind on viewing that statue is 'sublime.'

Meantime, this story I cannot read without becoming a tub of mush. This video produces a similar effect, and also is recommended. Cheers, MCNS

Posted by: Mark C N Sullivan at November 10, 2004 05:51 PM

But I've read Homer in the original French.

Posted by: John Bruce at November 10, 2004 06:12 PM

Dear Random, great catch!
Thanks for sharing.
A reminder that perhaps being an "over-demanding parent" may be better than being a blithely-we-go "under-demanding" one, filling kids with half-truths and wide knowledge gaps.
I hadn't realized how many I had (how much I'd forgotten) till I spent more time with people educated under asian and european systems, which require more memorization.

Posted by: emily at November 10, 2004 09:47 PM

lol....oh yeah...very nice...
(though it does sound like something i would

Posted by: standing naked at November 11, 2004 07:10 AM

Confusing Dutch with Danish! You just have to see them on paper to see the difference, to begin with!

I liked the one about Homer in French, by the way....

Posted by: Hannah at November 11, 2004 07:51 AM

Oh, Mark, that was indeed a mush inducing story. I'd never seen it before. Thanks for the link.

John, that would be Homere, he was Molliere's third cousin, twice removed.

Emily, I actually had a post somewhere earlier about the value of memorization and I quite agree with you.

Hannah, I could not agree more.

Posted by: RP at November 11, 2004 10:40 AM
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