Daily Archives: October 31, 2019

The Bluest Eye Book Review

We all want to fit in. We all want to be loved, to be appreciated, to be accepted. But sometimes, as much as we wish it to happen, it may never happen.

The late Toni Morrison‘s debut novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. The main character in the book is Pecola Breedlove, a young African-American girl growing up in the 1930s and 1940s. Because of her complexion and the way that the rest of the world sees her, Pecola wants to be White. She wants to have blonde hair, blue eyes and fit in with the world around her.

As her wish becomes more fervent, her life begins to fall apart in ways that most, if not all of us, would find troubling.

If this book is not a mirror to our reality, I don’t know what is. Issues of race, class, and questions of who is considered to be beautiful bounce around this book like a painful ping pong ball. It is, I think, a necessary read because we are still wrestling with the same issues today that the characters are wrestling with decades ago.

I recommend it.

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Bernie Sanders Lost My Vote

With the 2020 Presidential Election a little more than a year away, the time is coming in which voters must choose which Democratic candidate will go against you know who.

Though I like a number of the candidates, I have yet to choose just one to push as the Democratic nominee. But there is one nominee who has forever lost my vote: Bernie Sanders.

To be honest, something about Senator Sanders (D-Vermont) never quite clicked with me politically. I appreciate his ideas, but they have always been a little out there, at least from my perspective.

But his decision to hire Amer Zahr, a staunch advocate of the BDS movement has turned me off from voting for Senator Sanders altogether. The fact that Senator Sanders, who is Jewish, would bring on a surrogate who actively campaigns for the destruction of Israel is repugnant.

The problem is the mixed message that Senator Sanders sends out with this decision. He has spoken in the past of being Jewish and yet, he hires someone who advocates for the destruction of the Jewish homeland and Jewish lives.

If Senator Sanders wants to win the nomination and possibly the Presidency, recognizing the importance of Israel and her American supporters is tantamount. Especially given that most Jewish voters are Democrats.

As much as I would love a Jewish President of the United States, I doubt that Senator Sanders will be that President.

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Throwback Thursday-Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989-1993)

Being a teenager is hard enough. But adding something else to that plate makes life twice as hard and twice as interesting.

Doogie Howser, M.D. was on the air from 1989-1993. Doogie Howser (Neil Patrick Harris) is much more than the average teenage boy. He has the academic intellect of someone far older than he. This leads him to an early career in medicine. While delving in the adult world of medicine, he is also dealing with the emotional pitfalls of being a teenager.

This show, as I remember it, was interesting. The basic premise of the program is a fish out of water story meets a coming of age tale. Though the program is very much a part of its time, there is also a universal quality to the narrative.

Do I recommend it? I am leaning toward yes.

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