Many of us have come to know and love the writer who calls himself Lemony Snicket and his delightful books about the ingenious family of orphans who constantly escape from the clutches of the nefarious Count Olaf.
Did you know that Lemony has written “Thirteen Observations made by Lemony Snicket while watching Occupy Wall Street from a Discreet Distance ” for children, in his usual ironic and amusing way?
My favourite this morning is
“5. There may not be a reason to share your cake. It is, after all, yours. You probably baked it yourself, in an oven of your own construction with ingredients you harvested yourself. It may be possible to keep your entire cake while explaining to any nearby hungry people just how reasonable you are.”‘
The Occupy Writers site has more interesting links to comments on the movement by other well-known writers. Another of my favourite writers is Ursula K. Le Guin, who says,
“What seems rather different about the Portland camp is that from the start, inevitably, it’s had to deal with and share space with a camp set up by homeless people right next to it as a kind of annex. Portland is more tolerant of the homeless than many cities and there’s a large population of them downtown. So far the two camps have managed to coexist pretty cheerfully. The homeless presence confuses the Occupiers’ message for some people, but reinforces it powerfully for others. Our mayor has been very Taoist in handling the whole business, gracefully evading decisions and ultimatums, then going off to China…. So far, so good! Having a huge urban university just up the street as a supply of young, unwearied relay Occupiers is helpful.”
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