Jan. 25th, 2010

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I've started reading His Dark Materials to my children. We are only two chapters in, and already there have been Problems. Chapter One was a fairly easily resolved (ha!) question of daemons and external spiritual existence. Tonight's chapter was trickier. I tried to explain Calvinism as simply as I could, but my daughter completely misunderstood, said, "Cool!" and then argued with me for three minutes in a kind of Monty Python style contradicting-everything-I-said way. We just kept saying to each other, "No, you don't understand."

Ah well. She likes the idea of destiny, and I can't really blame her.

Then in the last paragraph, the Librarian says, "That's the duty of the old, to be anxious on behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old." Firstborn made me read it twice, she was so thrilled with it.

And it reminded me of something Iggy Pop said in an interview that we listened to today. He said, "The part you can't get is the attitude. I've got the same kid in me, but when he was ignorant, he was more - compellingly dangerous vocally, and I can't quite get to that place."

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