Friday, April 15, 2011

All In The Family

Happy Friday to all! And a special thanks to Dave and Shea for their incredibly thoughtful comments on yesterday's post. Shea pointed out perhaps the most controversial portion of my blog, not the writing (which can upset people from time to time), but the pictures. Thanks for the defense to your friend! I enjoy the pictures just from the standpoint of going different places and having fun with it. But I also know they provoke intense reactions and that's okay. And in all truth, I liked Demi Moore's Vanity Fair cover -- I do think pregnancy is very beautiful (it's having an actual baby after that's always given me pause) and I'm glad she made pregnancy a more culturally acceptable form of beauty. But for reasons I don't understand, I don't like when men are naked in that type of photograph as it seems to cross the line from art to something too private for me to see as a viewer. That said, I'm sure my pictures do the same thing to people from time to time.

And Dave, your comment blew me away! My favorite show as a child was All in the Family along with Sanford and Son and Maude, and I adored Archie and everyone else. I think we all have a little Archie in us, the part that is swept away by vast cultural change and left in a state of horror and befuddlement. It's the essential honesty of Archie that is appealing, I think. And the series dealt with all sorts of painful topics -- the episode where Edith is attacked and almost raped in her house still stays with me to this day as one of the all-time great explorations of the subject.

On another note, I'm ever so sad to see All My Children cancelled. I'm going to write a longer post on this turn of events, but for now, I will miss the denizens of Pine Valley, a show that has been on television literally my entire life.


ĐĘĀÑ said...

The title of your post caught my attention. I too loved all of the shows you mentioned. Times are indeed different. I enjoy your writing very much and pardon the uninvited intrusion.

Heff said...

Hey, look on the bright side - with All My Children X'ld, you'll have MORE TIME to write :)

Keith Hood said...

I'm still amazed by the amount of reading I did as child while also watching tons of television. Of course, I'm older than you and my television era was the sixties (and late fifties reruns) instead of the seventies. However, at some point in the late sixties, I started watching "All My Children" when it was brand new and another soap starring a very young Susan Sarandon. I was hooked for a while. It must have been summer, otherwise, I would have been in school. It's been a long time since then but for a while I was definitely an Erika Kane junkie.

Charles Gramlich said...

I saw that about the soaps being cancelled. Even I know who Erica Kane is.

ĐĘĀÑ said...

Forgive my ignorance. I honestly just realized from the internet that you were a poet! I apologize as poetry has a way with me as no other literary form. I am indeed humbled and pleased to make your acquaintance.

Kind thoughts,

the walking man said...

You can't have a kid anyway, they would arrest you for child endangerment because you baby would be in three inch heels by the end of her first year.

Oh man I knew you liked TV but the soaps? Seriously? The never ending storyline? Sorry even Buddha does not have that much patience.

Dave said...

I'm currently reading Steinbeck's "Travels with Charley"--mainly bacuase of the recent controversy

And I have to say that, if you read ANY book by John Steinbeck, make it "The Grapes of Wrath," because this one isn't all that good.

BUT Steinbeck puts very well, way back in 1961, something that we have been talking about:

"It is the nature of man as he grows older, a small bridge in time, to protest against change, particularly change for the better."