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Day 203

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As you can imagine, I get a lot of interesting email in addition to the usual "How do you get your ideas?" type.

Today one came from a college senior who tells me he has read THE GIVER 30+ times, and that he is currently midway through a project of taking a self-portrait every day. He sent me the link to Day 203 out of 365, because it involves THE GIVER.

Fun to look at! I'll attach it so you can see it (click to enlarge), but to read the accompanying text you'll need to go to:



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N. Monday, 29 November 1999

Were you thinking about that when you wrote the book when Anastasia has a crush on Ms Willoughby?

Lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

No, that book was written a very long time ago and although I'd like to think my consciousness had been raised by then, my awareness of my own youthful cruelty came later. I talked about it in the Newbery acceptance speech for THE GIVER in 1994.

Alex Steed Monday, 29 November 1999

I understand what you're saying at the end of the post. I know that I have been exclusive in the past in ways that I now regret and I try to tell those I've slighted that I am sorry to have been so shallow.
There was one motif in the very absurd, early-90s Adam Sandler comedy "Billy Madison" where Madison, a former snob/bully, is bullied upon returning to complete high school. Realizing that bullying isn't "cool," he calls the former students he gave a hard time when they were in class together. He calls one former student, played by Steve Buscemi, who appreciates the call, but pretends like it is no big deal. When he hangs up the phone, he crosses Madison off of the "people to kill" list hanging above his couch. At the end of the movie, after not having seen the Buscemi character throughout, right as Madison is about to get shot by the film's antagonist, Buscemi emerges to save the day.
Again, the portrayal is absurd, but the message is good: You never know what role someone will eventually play in your life and we're all in this together. It's important to be good to one-another both for the good of someone's feelings and to strengthen the overall community.
I am sorry you never got a chance to explain yourself to your former classmate.

dya Monday, 29 November 1999


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