By Les Linz
We are living in a twisted environment.
As the prophet Isaiah mentioned, “Woe unto them that call evil superior and excellent evil that set darkness for light-weight and light-weight for darkness that set bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).
That’s 2021. That’s us.
Political correctness will typically both suppress the real truth or try to reverse it altogether.
So it acquired me wondering.
What if we took some literary classics, reversed their titles and utilized them in a entirely different, a lot more nonsensical way? If it is good plenty of for Laptop, it ought to be good sufficient for the classics.
Let us revisit them.
“Of Mice and Men” — A John Steinbeck novella, published in 1937 and like lots of a excellent Steinbeck work produced into a fascinating motion picture (a lot more than the moment). It focuses on the activities of George and Lennie, two displaced migrant ranch workers who go from area to spot in the course of the Wonderful Depression in lookup of employment.
Now regarded as “Of Males and Mice,” this tale follows the exploits of Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Public. Mrs. General public suffers from “depression” simply because she has mice in her ranch household and is all set to transfer out except if her partner annihilates the rodents in short order. When Mr. General public complains, his partner informs him that killing them is his “job,” and if he needs a new one of people, he’ll be seeking for another spouse, way too. Past read, John has filed for unemployment, and Mrs. General public is experience considerably improved.
“The Grapes of Wrath” — Also by Steinbeck, printed in 1939 and similarly established for the duration of the Great Depression, the novel emphasizes the plight of tenant farmers displaced due to the Oklahoman drought, aka Dustbowl, and delves into a host of other associated problems they practical experience as a result.
Now regarded as “The Grapes of Wrath” taking a site from “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes,” an anthropomorphized California winery rebels. In lieu of droves of new individuals wanting to transfer into a point out boasting of higher unemployment and mounting crime, grapes, weary of becoming “stepped on,” “whine” about circumstances and commence stomping on individuals intent on profiting from their just just becoming who they are. They “pick” on the rookie staff to see how they like it when the tables are turned.
“Jungle Book” — Published by Rudyard Kipling in 1894, it is a Disney vintage. It’s the tale of a youthful boy who is assisted by jungle animals, persuading him that he was superior off in civilization, alternatively than remaining in the jungle, the place he was deserted soon after an incident. There is disagreement within the animal kingdom as to what’s very best for their imprinted human buddy. By the finish of the movie/e book, the protagonist chooses to stay midst mankind because he’s sufficiently captivated to womankind. (Be aware of desire: The 1967 Disney film by the very same identify had a generation spending plan of $5.3 million and grossed a total of practically $206 million with $142 million of that coming from U.S. box places of work. Second take note of curiosity: I have never ever seen the film, but I will).
Now identified as “Book Jungle,” A young school-aged youth accidentally stumbles into the area library and seeks the assist of a librarian to get his exploration paper accomplished. “Old school” workers want to see the lad fend for himself, where by he could be matter to failure, based mostly on his possess effort and hard work, though the younger staff see the wisdom in doing the work for him. In the conclude, the adolescent rejects the counsel available by either faculty of thought and tells the instructor he didn’t sense like carrying out the report since it was way too a lot function and that attempting to notify an individual else what they really should do is completely wrong. The pupil obtained an A.
“A Tale of Two Cities” — Created by Charles Dickens in 1859, the novel tells the story of the French Medical doctor Manette, his 18-year-very long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris and his release to are living in London with his daughter, Lucie, whom he had never fulfilled. The guide precedes the French Revolution and so-known as (French) Reign of Terror.
Now named “A City of Two Tales” is the story of a significant metropolitan spot, the place 50 percent of the regional college board is asleep and the other half “woke.” “Alarming” as that is, it is indicative of a new “great divide,” exactly where groups of citizens are “oceans aside,” while each dwell in the same locale at the exact time. Not completely contrary to Dickens’ operate, the townspeople dwell among each other, without the need of even knowing the other exists, that whilst their melanin may perhaps be diverse, their blood all operates the similar colour.
“The Sound of Music” — Dependent on the 1949 memoir “The Tale of the Trapp Relatives Singers” by Maria von Trapp. It was a 1965 film/musical (which was in transform was primarily based on the 1959 stage musical e-book by Lindsay and Crouse). It facts the mainly correct tale of the von Trapp family. Even though some liberties were taken to support even more advance the movie, it focuses on a retired and widowed Austrian sea captain that wed a newbie nun, which came to be nanny to the captain’s 7 children. Captain von Trapp resisted the wooing of the Nazis to get again into the Navy (for their sake) and inevitably wound up leaving Austria by using musical talent (which in the movie was a ruse to get out of the region). Although Hitler desired to unionize Germany and Austria together, he hardly ever succeeded in his exertion to deliver it about.
Now regarded as “The Music of Seem,” a new team, the Pigeon Loved ones, set forth “good vibrations,” a excellent seem for those people with ears that listen to. The listeners know how “coo”l it is.
“Tortilla Flat” — Released in 1935 by (below it is yet again) John Steinbeck. His initially important achievement, the e-book is set in Monterey, California. Environment War I has finished and a team of close friends collaborate on wine, girls and music as one returns from the war, studying he has inherited two residences from his grandfather. The remainder of the tale focuses on the houses and the artistic use of the bartering program in purchase to have a very good time collectively soon after obtaining survived the horrors of war. Imagine of it as “Friends” of the ‘40s.
Now identified as “Flat Tortilla,” a team of previous troops go out and get drunk jointly and wind up arguing as to whether or not or not the common white tortilla is predominantly flat or round. One advises they need to put a flatbread sample on the floor and have NORAD fly over to very best make the resolve. The flyover happens. Flat wins, and as a outcome, “Mr. Circle” has to give up the deed to the two residences that he owns. The new proprietor of the houses offers one of the domiciles to the Aztec enterprise in exchange for a 49% share in the business enterprise. The corporation hears about the original dispute and “sides” with the spherical theorist, hires him as senior vice president, who then goes out and hires “Mr. Flat” as his assistant. They collectively invite the secretary pool over for a celebration, make lewd remarks and forfeit their respective positions. With the small monies they have still left, the two buddies do the job alongside one another to start off a Chinese fortune cookie manufacturing facility.
“Catcher in the Rye” — Written by J.D. Salinger (at first revealed in serial variety from 1945 to 1946), it was released as a novel in 1951. In this tale, a youthful gentleman of higher university age leaves the establishment he has been at and travels the country in a depressed condition until finally he lastly finds happiness. Ironically, in 1981, it was the two the most censored e book and the next most taught ebook in community colleges in the United States at the exact same time.
Now called “Rye in the Catcher,” it is the tale of a young gentleman who broaches the “institution” of baseball to make a living. He consistently performs in places that are economically frustrated. He is compensated obscene amounts of funds for doing a task he likes to do and with excessive money available to him imbibes in the type of whiskey and rye that Don McLean only dreamed about. He ought to be comprehensive of rye to start out with, insisting on getting a knee to protest the authorities, rather than bowing both of those of them to the just one that kept the troops that fought for his ideal to protest to start out with.
To conclude, “The Sound of Tunes/The Songs of Sound” referred to earlier has quite a few an more mature track that most of us are common with.
Although weaned on that musical and its tracks, most importantly, I defer to the third verse of the 40th Psalm. When it arrives to entire fruition, society will be altered for the superior: “And he hath set a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall have faith in in the Lord.”
Les Linz of Seymour writes the “Humor: Additional or Les” column. For facts about Linz, take a look at his amazon.com author website page. Send out comments to [email protected]