All right, all right, so I have been busy having a life and working on an article. I shall report on the article at some later stage and having a life involved (among other things) going to see the 1935 British version of Emil and the Detectives
, which was not bad but not brilliant. There were children in the audience and, astonishingly, their attention was fully involved in the film, black and white, scratchy though it was with special effects that ought to have made all those used to 3D laugh out loud. But not a titter, not a whisper was heard.
In the meantime, here is another article about children, in this case boys now and as described by Mark Twain. What would have happened to Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn in this day of ODD and ADHD? Psychiatric examination, that's what; possibly pills and, if they were very unlucky, forced adoption. Anne Applebaum has an interesting take
on the subject.
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