In light of today’s horrifying murders, I’ve been wondering: Why schools? So many of the mass killings over the past decades have taken place at colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. What is about youth that seems to trigger violent acts?
Not that we should be distracted by the more pressing matter of outlawing semi-automatic weapons.
Which makes think, too, of the best responses to life itself. Two of my five favorite writers are Chekhov and Beckett. Chekhov brought life to characters when individuality mattered more. Before the wars. Beckett understood that silence is often the best response to a nightmare. In the second volume of his letters, we can read the process that went into writing Waiting for Godot. That play was completed between 1948 and 1949.
And people are still posting eggnog recipes? Serious?