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Upcoming Lorax movie to insult all that is good, holy via @grist

Upcoming Lorax movie to insult all that is good, holy via @grist

Like millions of other parents, I'm fond of reading my kids books by Theodor Seuss Geisel , aka Dr. Seuss. Many of them are just fun and silly, a lesson in the delights of language, but quite a few have serious moral content, from The Sneetches to Horton Hatches the Egg to How the Grinch Stole Christmas . So The Lorax is not unique in being didactic. What makes it unique is its overwhelmingly mournful tone. It is unusually long for a Dr. Seuss story, almost 60 pages, and only on the last two pages, in the last two short verses, is there a glimmer of light. But it's not like the end of The Sneetches or The Grinch , where societies in conflict are healed. The mini-society the Once-ler started -- a stand-in for industrial society? -- ends in abject ruin, drained of all color and life. There is no redemption, only the faint promise that something might be learned, that the mis...

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