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PostPosted: 03/18/07 12:24:46 AM 
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I don't expect this to have too many posts, but what the hell...I'll get it started.


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"Myra Breckinridge" - By Gore Vidal

From Wikipedia:

"Myra Breckinridge (1968) is a satirical novel by Gore Vidal written in the form of a diary. It was made into a movie in 1970. (see Myra Breckinridge (film)) Described by the critic Dennis Altman as "part of a major cultural assault on the assumed norms of gender and sexuality which swept the western world in the late 1960s and early 1970s," the book's major themes are feminism, transsexuality, American expressions of machismo and patriarchy, and so-called deviant sexual practices, as filtered through an aggressively camp sensibility. Set in Hollywood in the 1960s, the novel also contains candid and irreverent glimpses into the machinations within the film industry. Dismissed by some of the era's more conservative critics as pornographic at the time of its first publication in February 1968, the book immediately became a worldwide bestseller and has since come to be considered a classic in some circles. "It is tempting to argue that Vidal said more to subvert the dominant rules of sex and gender in Myra than is contained in a shelf of queer theory treatises," wrote Dennis Altman. In 1974 Vidal published a sequel, Myron, in which the story of Myra Breckinridge is continued."


I went into reading this novel knowing what the main character was hiding, so that wasn't much of a surprise for me, but the rest of the book sort of amazed me with it's candid approach on a myriad of "taboo" topics regarding sex. Like the widipedia entry suggests it involves feminism and transexuality, homosexuality but also rape (with a strap on) and orgies, and it challenges the reader's opinion these subjects. The strap-on rape chapter was rather graphic and honestly a shock, not many books have the ability to truly startle me but this scene was unsettling. I like that in a book. This is the second Gore Vidal novel I've read ("Washington D.C." was the first) and I've already started reading another ("Burr").

I reccomend this book. 4.5/5

This was made into a movie that I may try to check out.


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And after reading up on the facts about the movie, it seems everybody who has seen it says it a dreadful film.


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“I am Lorax. I speak for the trees, for the trees that have no tongues. And I’m asking you, Sir, at the top of my lungs. Oh please do not cut down another one.”—The Lorax, Dr. Seuss, 1971

The Lorax chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler. The book is a parable about our industrialized society. The Lorax is arguably Seuss’ most controversial work.

From the biography Dr. Seuss and Mr. Geisel (Judith & Neil Morgan):

The book startled Dr. Seuss readers, and reviewers were divided. Some called it a morality tale. Ted shrugged, saying, “It’s impossible to tell a story without a moral---either the good guys win or the bad guys win.” Others were disappointed that the book lacked his usual zaniness. Sales were slower than Random House had come to expect of a Dr. Seuss book; The Lorax was ahead of its time and its popularity began to soar only a decade later when the environmental movement exploded. Ted himself began to talk of it as his favorite book.

Although The Lorax appeared in the bookstores in the fall of 1971, news of it had reached Americans the previous spring after Ted was cornered at a brunch in San Diego by Liz Carpenter, Lady Bird Johnson’s press secretary. As they sipped Bloody Marys, Liz questioned Ted about the theme of his book. It would serve Lady Bird’s environmental concerns well, she quickly said, if he donated the book’s art and manuscript to the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, and attended its impending dedication. […]

News reports of the presidential library dedication focused on two gifts, a slice of moon rock sent by President Nixon and the original black-and-white drawings of The Lorax. President Johnson wrote Ted, “If anyone had been conducting a popularity poll in Austin the weekend of May 22, you would have won it hands down.”

The Lorax was banned in the Laytonville, California School District on grounds that this book "criminalizes the forestry industry."

When the television version of The Lorax appeared early in 1972, Newsweek called it “hard-sell ecological allegory, stabbing mainly at big business through a deceptively gentle blend of gorgeous colors, superb animation, and a rippling imagery of words and pictures.”


The Lorax is also the only book that Seuss himself ever changed after publication, by removing the Lorax’s line, “I hear things are just as bad up at Lake Erie!” From the biography Dr. Seuss and Mr. Geisel (Judith & Neil Morgan):

Two research associates from the Ohio Sean Grant Program wrote him fourteen years later about the cleanup of Lake Erie: “Improved conditions exist [in water quality]…we wonder if you would consider changing that line to past tense in future editions.”

Normally that would have involved tedious revamping of rhythm and rhyme, but this time the change involved only the final line of a four-line rhyme and he simply deleted it


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