We hadn’t reread Green Eggs and Ham for – could it have been six weeks? Time has a way of getting away from us, but often that time is just enough to give one a new take on an old favorite. As most of its readers know, Green Eggs and Ham is meant to be read aloud. It’s the only way to capture the author’s careful, rhythmic build to one of the true surprise endings in literature. We have tried reading it silently to ourself, but we can never pace it correctly. And the work works best when there is someone crammed up against the reader’s side, monitoring constantly to ensure that there are no omissions or on-the-fly revisions. We are always careful to keep the work alive with all of the skill we have acquired through readings of the greater part of the Seuss oeuvre, serving up each line as the Dr. meant it to be served. The greatest skill may be that of staying awake and alert.
We also watched Pippi Longstocking, the Swedish-German co-production. Magnificent.