20 May 2008

Two Tidbits that Made My Tuesday

From today's Huffington Post:

    NEWTON, Mass. — Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough has a suggestion for what young people can do for their country.

    "Please, please do what you can to cure the verbal virus that seems increasingly rampant among your generation," McCullough implored Boston College's class of 2008 at commencement ceremonies Monday.

    He said he's particularly troubled by the "relentless, wearisome use of words" such as like, awesome and actually.

    "Just imagine if in his inaugural address John F. Kennedy had said, 'Ask not what your country can, you know, do for you, but what you can, like, do for your country actually," he said.

    Graduates apparently thought his speech was, like, awesome. They gave him a standing ovation.

    AND I learned that the new David Sedaris book, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, will be released on June 3rd. That's only two weeks away!

    I already have some awesome (sorry, Mr. McCollough) books in my reserve pile at the library to read at the beach this weekend; what an incredible way to start the summer!

    1 comment:

    Danielle said...

    The new Sedaris is meant to coincide as closely as possible with the day of my birth. It seems that dear hubby will have to buy me a gift after all...