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"shel silverstein" Discussed on BrainStuff
"We'll come to brainstorm production of iheartradio. Hey rain stuff lauren. Vogel bomb here decades ago in the evenings around closing time a man with a very bald head and a very dark beard used to come sloping into the mysterious bookshop in New York City. His shoulders hunched is the warding off a perpetual cold wind. The proprietor auto pens ler had come to expect these visits indeed. He looked forward to them. He would close up the shop and guide the man back to his. Inner Sanctum. A book lined study with floor-to-ceiling shelves there the bearded man would deliver a Sheaf of papers containing a new freshly penned mystery story to be added to the theology. That Pencil publishing the writer refused to take any money for his efforts. Even though pens lawyer was paying well. He craved compensation. His eyes gleamed as pennsly- slid his payment across the desk between them. It was a stack of used books containing dozens of stories written in the mystery genre later that night he would devour them one by one but first pens lawyer and the bearded man would talk and talk. They talked about books about life. Auto pens layer was just recovering from a devastating break-up and so they spoke about battling in a recent phone interview for this article. Pennsly- remembered that at a certain juncture. His guests said something so piercingly insightful and eloquent about the break up that it took his breath away Henseler said I wish I could remember what he said but I failed to write it down what I do remember. Is that when I expressed my amazement at his facility with words he just shrugged and said I guess that's why they call me a poet. He could've added among many other things because our bald and bearded man was Shel Silverstein a true renaissance man. Of course many of us know him as the author and illustrator of the giving tree a light in the attic and where the sidewalk ends among many of the other wildly successful books that he wrote Andrew for children. That's only the tip of the proverbial Iceberg Silverstein also drew cartoons and wrote plays for adults and penned numerous songs especially country songs. In fact he won. Two grammys for song. Writing one of them for the Johnny Cash. Hit A boy named Sue Sheldon Allen. Shel Silverstein was born into a Jewish family in Chicago in nineteen thirty his father and a bakery which only began to thrive in the wake of the Great Depression. After high school. Shell spent some time studying at the Art Institute of Chicago and later Roosevelt University but was drafted into the US army serving in Korea and Japan. Silverstein began working for the military periodical. Stars and Stripes and it was there that he began regularly publishing his idiosyncratic cartoons after his military service Silverstein got a job as a cartoonist. For the fledgling magazine. Playboy for his playboy gig. He traveled the world sending cartoon dispatches from Bahrein wide in nineteen sixty three Silverstein. Met Book Editor Ursula Nordstrom. Who prodded him into writing books for Children? And that same year he wrote the giving tree a book about the nature of Altruism and selfishness there would become his most famous and popular work his sense of the absurd and the whimsical cartoon line drawings that illustrated this and all of his books would become his hallmarks in deceptively simple language. His exploration of the innocence and imagination of childhood made him one of the most celebrated and widely read authors for generations of children and adults like Auto Penn's lair recall Silverstein telling him that he spent a year living at the playboy mansion as a guest of Hugh Hefner. It was there that he met Susan Hastings with whom he had daughter named Shoshana in nineteen seventy tragically. Susan died in nineteen seventy five and two. Shana passed away. Unexpectedly after cerebral aneurysm. In one thousand nine hundred two by many accounts her death utterly devastated Silverstein in Nineteen eighty-four. He had a son named Matthew with Sarah Spencer. According to Pens Ler Silverstein was a deeply eccentric. Man Pennzoil told us for instance. It wasn't unusual for him to be having dinner in a restaurant with a group of friends and then suddenly announced that he was done. Get up take a taxi to the airport and flight of Chicago or Los Angeles or Florida or wherever he felt like going on the spur of the moment shel. Silverstein died of a heart attack in nineteen ninety nine at the age of just sixty eight but in story song and image. He left behind a remarkably prolific artistic record. Today's episode was written by Oseen Koran and produced by Tyler claim for more on this amounts of other topics. How stuff works. Dot Com? Grainstuff is productive iheartradio. The more podcasts. My heart radio. The iheartradio APP apple podcasts. Or wherever you listen to your favorite shows I'm Hugh Jackson. I'm a chef a restaurant or a traveler and now I'm the host of the passenger people. Ask me all the time. What's that list of places to go in this city in that city and this show is dedicated to that idea? 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What Else Did Shel Silverstein Write?
"Decades ago in the evenings around closing time a man with a very bald head and a very dark beard used to come sloping into the mysterious bookshop in New York City. His shoulders hunched is the warding off a perpetual cold wind. The proprietor auto pens ler had come to expect these visits indeed. He looked forward to them. He would close up the shop and guide the man back to his. Inner Sanctum. A book lined study with floor-to-ceiling shelves there the bearded man would deliver a Sheaf of papers containing a new freshly penned mystery story to be added to the theology. That Pencil publishing the writer refused to take any money for his efforts. Even though pens lawyer was paying well. He craved compensation. His eyes gleamed as pennsly- slid his payment across the desk between them. It was a stack of used books containing dozens of stories written in the mystery genre later that night he would devour them one by one but first pens lawyer and the bearded man would talk and talk. They talked about books about life. Auto pens layer was just recovering from a devastating break-up and so they spoke about battling in a recent phone interview for this article. Pennsly- remembered that at a certain juncture. His guests said something so piercingly insightful and eloquent about the break up that it took his breath away Henseler said I wish I could remember what he said but I failed to write it down what I do remember. Is that when I expressed my amazement at his facility with words he just shrugged and said I guess that's why they call me a poet. He could've added among many other things because our bald and bearded man was Shel Silverstein a true renaissance man. Of course many of us know him as the author and illustrator of the giving tree a light in the attic and where the sidewalk ends among many of the other wildly successful books that he wrote Andrew for children. That's only the tip of the proverbial Iceberg Silverstein also drew cartoons and wrote plays for adults and penned numerous songs especially country songs. In fact he won. Two grammys for song. Writing one of them for the Johnny Cash. Hit A boy named Sue Sheldon Allen. Shel Silverstein was born into a Jewish family in Chicago in nineteen thirty his father and a bakery which only began to thrive in the wake of the Great Depression. After high school. Shell spent some time studying at the Art Institute of Chicago and later Roosevelt University but was drafted into the US army serving in Korea and Japan. Silverstein began working for the military periodical. Stars and Stripes and it was there that he began regularly publishing his idiosyncratic cartoons after his military service Silverstein got a job as a cartoonist. For the fledgling magazine. Playboy for his playboy gig. He traveled the world sending cartoon dispatches from Bahrein wide in nineteen sixty three Silverstein. Met Book Editor Ursula Nordstrom. Who prodded him into writing books for Children? And that same year he wrote the giving tree a book about the nature of Altruism and selfishness there would become his most famous and popular work his sense of the absurd and the whimsical cartoon line drawings that illustrated this and all of his books would become his hallmarks in deceptively simple language. His exploration of the innocence and imagination of childhood made him one of the most celebrated and widely read authors for generations of children and adults like Auto Penn's lair recall Silverstein telling him that he spent a year living at the playboy mansion as a guest of Hugh Hefner. It was there that he met Susan Hastings with whom he had daughter named Shoshana in nineteen seventy tragically. Susan died in nineteen seventy five and two. Shana passed away. Unexpectedly after cerebral aneurysm. In one thousand nine hundred two by many accounts her death utterly devastated Silverstein in Nineteen eighty-four. He had a son named Matthew with Sarah Spencer. According to Pens Ler Silverstein was a deeply eccentric. Man Pennzoil told us for instance. It wasn't unusual for him to be having dinner in a restaurant with a group of friends and then suddenly announced that he was done. Get up take a taxi to the airport and flight of Chicago or Los Angeles or Florida or wherever he felt like going on the spur of the moment shel. Silverstein died of a heart attack in nineteen ninety nine at the age of just sixty eight but in story song and image. He left behind a remarkably prolific artistic record.
"shel silverstein" Discussed on MyTalk 107.1
"Your laugh after lunch support anytime with Colleen and Bradley here's the highlights from Thursday in the one o'clock hour so Kylie Jenner's field all defensive because the world is making fun of her weird tells anything on the human body if you focus in on it for too long it's gonna start looking kind of weird and again it does it does it tell put it in a shoe nobody knows thank you write that down shel Silverstein the main let me write that down no sadly not rating is held I was saying I'm like shel Silverstein write that down shell Silverstein what I meant was write that down it was like shel Silverstein it was my Colleen and Bradley listen live podcast it anytime at my talk one of seven one dot com or on the my talk at it's a Lexus even for a second hi David hi Alexis a lot of our listeners are renters things can you tell them about the market right now well you know just the fact that people are renting they know how expensive it is to write that rent check out every single month and we still have client after client we meet with that are shocked that the mortgage payment is less than what they're paying for rent there's great programs people can get in the homes of lower down payments we have neighborhoods where we can get you some free money it's just amazing out there indeed it's the right time now yes it is because now is the time to meet with fast make sure your credits online make sure you know how much money you need you know what opportunities you have get lined up with the realtor and start doing that shopping before it just gets crazy out there go with.
Dum Dums's First Ad in 30 Years is Very Sweet
"Business Wars daily is sponsored by audible audible has the world's largest selection of audio books and Audio Entertainment Start Listening with a thirty day audible trial by visiting audible dot com slash B w daily or by texting. Bw Daily to five hundred five hundred from wondering I'm David Brown and this is business wars daily happy Friday everyone dumb dumbs the classic Lollipop Bran. Dan just launched its first ad campaign in thirty years. It's animated simple bright and joyful inspired by Shel Silverstein illustrated children's books I think black and white drawings of characters pops of color come from the dumb dumbs which serve as stand ins for balloons barbells in in this one a bouquet of flowers hours handed by a nervous guide was new date who is delighted here. Listen to the soundtrack dum dum dum dum dum dum dum they make life uh the brands AD agency Smith Brothers says it's reviving nostalgia in an effort to give us all a dose of much-needed optimism and Cheer Oh and to stand out against what it says are or over the top splashy AD campaigns produced by dumb dumbs much bigger competitors fighting to get the attention of shoppers and inspire them to give into impulse purchases dumb dumb dumbs family owned spangler candy was founded in nineteen o six in the small Ohio town of Bryan but it didn't invent them dumps that credit goes to the Akron Candy Company which put a hard candy on a stick in nineteen twenty six Akron sales manager. I see bar named it a dumb. I'm dumb thinking it would be easy for little kids to remember and to say spangler bought dumb dumbs in Nineteen fifty-three today. spangler makes twelve million lollipops pops every single day selling them largely in bulk to businesses that give them away to customers but spangler isn't selling sweets as much as it selling nostalgia. The company claims it's America's only major manufacturer of candy canes it also makes old-fashioned suites like circus peanuts and candidates and last last fall spangler bought one hundred year old candy brands neck. Oh wafers and sweethearts from the bankrupt New England confectionery company remember sweethearts those little sugar. Agra candies with sayings like be mine on them. Spangler is planning to bring him back next Valentine's Day but before it gets Valentine's Day spangler has halloween sales on its mind mind when ten percent of all sweet sales happen the Candy Businesses Fiercely Competitive Candy companies have been consolidating attempting to build strength to succeed feet in a changing market. The desire for sugary treats has dropped shoppers turned toward healthy foods except for artisan brands which are doing well spangler fights fights with her. She's jolly rancher for sweet tooth with its small budget dumb. dumbs are the David to Hershey Goliath. Clearly spangler thought three decades as long enough to go without a dumb dumb ad campaign every few decades. I suppose you do need to get the public's attention in this case with the strategically redesigned pop up good cheer from this business worse daily this week's week's episodes were written edited and produced by Elaine Appleton edited and produced by emigrant our executive producer Marshall created by or non Lopez Warwick worry. I'm David Brown and we'll see you next week. So today's episode of Business Wars daily is brought to you by audible. Audible has the world's largest selection of audio books and audio entertainment right now. I'm listening to an audible original called it burns the scandal plagued race to breed the world's hottest chili hits kids wild. It's funny and it's about so much more than Chili's with a convenient audible APP. You can listen anytime anywhere on any device Mobile Alexa Enabled Bluetooth and in a whole lot more as a member. You can easily exchange any title. You don't love it anytime plus. You get to keep your library of listens. Even if you cancel start listening with a thirty he day audible trial choose one audiobook and to audible originals absolutely free visit audible dot com slash. VW daily or text w daily three to five hundred five hundred that's audible dot com slash V._W. Daily or Text B W daily to five hundred five hundred.
"shel silverstein" Discussed on WSB-AM
"Our psyche starts to happen in our heart start to happen in our spiritual life and it's not good in security can creep in co dependency can creep in manipulation and resentment and self deception we may even find ourselves in relationships that are toxic because we just keep wanting to prove ourselves that we're loveable even at our own detriment even when it causes us pain and all of this this once your desire can become distorted and ultimately it can lead to the besetting sin of pride the people who have this longing to be loved whose longing becomes distorted can fall into the besetting sin of pride and in the end in the end destruction comes when we fall into those places destruction of all kinds spiritual psychological emotional destruction com's and guess what we're left with the very same dread we possessed when we started the fear that we are unlovable now beginning to our scripture text in just a moment but first I want to share an illustration of how this all works of of how this noble desire can become so badly distorted our desire to be love can be so badly malformed that it brings destruction into our lives many of you are familiar with the author shel Silverstein and his wonderful collection of children's books one of my favorite books of all time is the giving tree I've always loved that book even from the time my mother used to read it to me I used to think that the giving tree really only.
"shel silverstein" Discussed on Good Life Project
"It's one of those things we in the mobile cornfield, and my best friend is a drummer. So that was incredible. Like a world class drummer. And so we would make music all the time together, but he lived like twenty minutes away and we didn't have cars, so you know, it'd be like weekends or whatever. So the rest of the time it was, like sorta had to teach yourself to play whatever instrument, you could get your hands. One person a one person band, and I remember getting a task GAM four track cassette, recorder, remember this giant back in the cost like four hundred fifty dollars, and I got one and and and you know, you know, using cassette tapes to make songs, and that's what I spent like most of my teenage years doing and I think that the thing I think about that now is the, I think all creative work sort of exists on a spectrum, and I think that anytime you spend doing something creative, like sort of builds up over the years. I think even now you know, even though my my you know, my job now isn't making music, but I feel like all those hours spent in a room. Room trying to make something exists where it didn't exist before I just feel like that time is never wasted. You know what I mean? I, I feel like all those hours of trying to figure out what it's like to make stuff just accumulates over time. And so I just don't think that anything's wasted. Yeah. So agree. I think it just it's like they're different channels, stimulate your, your brain, like in a different way. Almost I think so much creativity is pattern recognition absolute, and if you can you have sort like more more ways to come into that, you know, whether it's through music through sound through visual through words through, it's just like it's, it's more waste the brain to recognize differently and see how things go together. And I was someone who, like had remember seeing shel Silverstein 's bio on the back of lake where the sidewalk and whatever, and it was like he writes poems, draws pictures, and write songs and has a good time or something like that. And I was like, I want to be that person. I knew from a young age. I wanted to be somebody who did a lot of different things that was just that, that just like really appealed to me age. I wasn't I wasn't like, you know, like my buddy, I mentioned earlier, like he's been wanting to be a drummer since he was five and like new that, and I just never had that I wanna do like a bunch of different things..
"shel silverstein" Discussed on The Jordan Harbinger Show
"And I remember you, you're right. You do go away from that going. Oh, yeah. Can't really just make this an academic thing anymore. Can't make this a whole x number of people were kidnapped an import. And then you go that was terrible. What's for lunch? It's like you're watching that. And you feel that you feel it and you see the blood, and you've the people going over. I mean it's traumatizing and it's, it's, it's like a an appropriate dose of that for, for kids, especially in high school and high school for high school. Age-appropriate where I think younger has been traumatized. Yeah. It is very if we lived in like a Fahrenheit, four fifty one culture, what are you, you have some people like memorized books in that movie? And they and one woman had a bunch of them, and then other people to set one, what do you think would be your book that you would memorize ever asked me? You're welcome. Thank you. Good. That's a good question. I'll buy some time because I thought, oh, he's gonna flip this around on me and ask and the only book I ever had memorized where the sidewalk ends by shel Silverstein. You remember that? I don't still have memorized. So I'd be useless even Fahrenheit four fifty one culture that book is, is like many of shows books. It's a collection of poems that, that show was a master wordsmith. That's a really good book to memorize. In a Verron high for. But I'm imagining them being like we need the old knowledge. And I'm like, well, I do know a poem about kids being stuck in about in Washington. Like anyone else memorize? So many even if he didn't have to pick the top one does have one that comes to mind, that'd be a good one. Now, I, I definitely want to memorize something by tibia Butler. She was an amazing writer and science fiction is, is my this is my favorite genre of literature when I'm reading for pleasure. It's generally science fiction fantasy. Okay. Yeah. Okay. So you, then you could retail those stories, I guess, in the fair, the land of right world affair night, four fifty one. Do you, do you ever feel pressure to be perfect all the time?.
"shel silverstein" Discussed on WGN Radio
"Were talking about shel Silverstein. He wrote that song. Oh, did he who knew? Wow. Shel Silverstein, the children's author I said to fill the Tel Phil said, you know, used to live in park, one of the neighborhoods in Chicago. I didn't know that. And I said I thought you were going to say that he was a cartoonist for playboy, we confirmed that and a lot of you have been chiming in with your show Silverstein trivia, and I guess he was a man of many talents. Yeah. He wrote that enabling book for kids that enabling book for kids a giving tree. Oh, yeah. You are. You are worse than me today. What enabling book that was just a profound disagreement on that one? I thought it was I read that book and cried, I know shell Silverstein says eight one five is also in the country music hall of fame in Nashville. Tennessee is song writer and thank you seven seven three Brian said, yeah, he wrote a boy named sue the Johnny cash thing which was a fun song. That you Brian online one. Hey, Brian, you're on WGN radio. How are you? I'm good. How you thanks for the heads up. I didn't know that either. Yeah. Johnny cash one great singer. Yeah. Is this? This is the one you'd boy, I don't I don't know that I want to hear that. All right. Let's do it right now. Brian do a boy named sue for skull. All right. All when I was three. Blue. I don't win because he ran an ad thing that he ever did before we left Whitney. No, no now, he's he's going to be doing the song. Now. Hey, brian. Yeah. I forgot how much of it is talking. You can't you can't you can't carry karaoke boy named sue. Because you don't sing that song. Hardly. Do you? Fast. Yeah. Well, you got a good voice. So I'm sure it works for you up on steaks killed you do well with that. With the older crowd. Hey, thanks for listening. Thanks for the call. Thanks for the text. Thank you. Maybe that would be a good question when you're getting to know people like on your Twitter bio or Facebook on social media, you know, you have that little spot where you'll put something clever about yourself. Maybe you should just always make sure you list. Your karaoke song. Steve do you have a karaoke zone? Do not know you karaoke to not. Yeah. And you're welcome. Oh, my gift to all of you. Not only do I not karaoke. And I never have. And I never will. I don't wanna hear you carry. I don't wanna hear anybody carry. Oh, we have parties here where they carry. Okay. No. We're always busy with the. And it's funny because I guess that's really big in Asia. It's really big in parts of the world more. So than other cultures like aboard and others the United States. It's huge really big after three AM. I'm telling you, I do although I will say this. We were on one of our cruises. We are on a Kelly crews, and they're in the lounge downstairs, they had karaoke going and the place was packed and some of the people there was one of the gals who I think actually worked on the boat. She might be she looked. She's maybe twenty eight years old. And she saying some popular songs did you knew? And she she was so good. It was enjoyable. I mean it was really enjoyable. You wanted her to sing more? But that's the exception. I'm at how many people will be singing not well and enjoying it. And people will be sitting there not necessarily paying a lot of attention. But using that as the background music and everybody seems to be having a good time. I couldn't be the person on the stage. So at the bar, right? And so it goes back to doing that. You're describing the commercial where people would describe you would describe yourself now. I mean, the people who can stand there and sing badly and feel good about it. I'm jealous a little bit absolute, right? I mean that is a measure of confidence or or Jack Daniels. Something I don't know what's going on there. But really, what makes you think the people want to hear you sing. And I know that's that's not even a rhetorical question. But it's not an important question either. Because I'm the only one that seems to care about the answer to that. So I get it. I'm an outlier. Well, what I don't understand it. I do have an answer for you. What I did it on. New Year's Eve. Yeah. And I didn't care that people could hear me singing. I was singing for whoever would listen. And I was thinking you Queen song that is way out of my register. But I didn't care because they saying in that moment just made me happy. You feel good. What time did this moment? Come. I don't know. I think I do New Year's Eve L of what's your what's your what's the Queen Sonja. This show must go on. I'm not going to ask you to sing it here. What with us wanting to keep listeners, and all, but I imagine you're pretty good singer. And it's beside the point it was feeling good for you served a purpose. So hurry, hurry free live. I'm just not in the I'm not on that bus. A sandy you're on WGN radio. Sandy, what can you do for us? Oh, I can do so many things you the. First of which is I had old Chelsea wishing record in the sixty two now p one of the song never bite a married woman. And the guy what I'm beaten by a boa constrictor. Let's see what they were some others about buying the woman champagne at the end of the night when I would bring that record out. Everybody knew it's time to go home, man. Oh boy. Fun. Been trying to find you find that. And then report back to me. Okay. Okay. Just don't bite me. Let's say Jake vice from sandy and ear on WGN. How are you? How you doing great subject to songs that gets the boost slowing and house rolling in that. Sweet Caroline, and oh my God. I forgot the other one. But anyway, you goes to that song. Everybody will jump in and the party has just begun. And we sang it before we went to Afghanistan, and it just gets everybody going every single time you said to my producer L if she just whispered in my ear the song. You can't remember I if I'm not mistaken was American pie. Bye. Bye miss American pie. And then the other one care. Caroline. You know, what we had it? Come navy commander with us? Any goes? Okay, guys. It's ten o'clock was on a go home early. 'cause we gotta get up early. No problem. We sang those two songs we got back to the base at three thirty in the morning. Josh I'm the song. To save American pie takes about an hour and a half anyway. And then a couple of versus everybody. So loves the deal diamond song that I can imagine that would stretch the evening out. Well, not fun. Okay. The golden Grammy. Thank you, Andy. Have a good day. Thanks for listening, by the way. I said don't go too far. Steve Bertrand today is what is today's date. It is Wednesday. January sixteenth Steve's got his head down. I don't know if he's listening to WGN radio right now. Are you able to sit up and take fluids over there? Steve bertrand. I just wanted to remind.
"shel silverstein" Discussed on Origins with James Andrew Miller
"What sound like you're you're now a capital, our regular killer. It's unbelievable. Super cool and an honor. How'd you find out? Well, I got the call. I think it was like mid July for my manager in agent, and they said part of the main cast. Now it's just seems keeps feeling like a dream. It's really awesome. There's no guaranteed and there's a lot of people who come to the show and don't make. I mean, it's not. Evitable. So really felt great. Yeah, just inspires me more to work hard and and keep doing my best in keeping mean is really all it is. So we're basically a weak way from the new season over the summer. Are you the type of creature that like has goals for the new season or thinks about the new season a lot, or do you try and shut it off and kind of regenerate? I think it was a little mix like a shutoff in the sense of I went back to my projects that I work on. I mean, I've been doing stand up for ten years, so it was on the road doing stand up. I filmed a short film, my friends that wrote it and directed it in July and worked on my music because I'm a really emotional gal and I like am really sensitive and I write pop folk songs. So I'm working on a full length music album with that. If feels really good for me, I have to have a lot of creative outlets. I draw kind of like shel Silverstein drawings, but like adult for. Adults really motion. I have to place my feelings in every little spot, but comedy has been my favorite thing for so long. But yeah, spread my wings. Lots this summer was a really creative summer and yeah, I'm watching movies shows and learning impressions and just observing really listening listening is a big part of the day, just.
"shel silverstein" Discussed on Part-Time Genius
"Okay mango so let's get to the controversial and talk about why growing number of parents are banning shel silverstein from their children's book shelves i mean honestly is it still just the idea that is books promote bad behavior or is there more to it than this well i think that's part of it i think some parents still have this old school approach to children's lit where they they expected to be completely edifying or not really have those sharp edges and of course they're going to have this negative reaction to an author who has no bones about presenting these grownup ideas or all these problems in ways that are i guess approachable to kids and then there are the folks who take offense to specific poems from a light in the attic or where the sidewalk ends like you know that baby eating one you read earlier but for the most part people's biggest beef with silverstein is usually the message or even the potential lack of one in the giving tree well on the off chance that there's somebody listening that isn't familiar with this story i i feel like we should give a quick rundown of what hap and so it's basically the story of a little boy who grows up with this sentient tree for a companion and at different stages in the boy's life the tree gives him whatever he needs to have this safer easier life you know that that's leaves or branches or apple's pretty much all the things a tree could realistically provide to someone and the whole time the tree is personified is sort of a weary of like a put upon woman and i say woman because it's referred to with female pronouns and she's constantly nurturing him with little concern for her own happiness or well being she keeps giving the boy keeps taking and you know his lot improves as a result of all these interactions but the trees really doesn't so in the end there's nothing left of the giving tree but this stump and you know even then it's offered up to the boy who's now an old man at this point as a place to sit and rest yeah i mean it's obviously a feel good story all around i mean that description alone probably says a lot about why some people are so put off by this book and and a glance you might think it's a simple story of unconditional love which could easily make the tree and allegory for lots of things i could be like friendship for marriage parenthood god you know whatever but then you remember that like love is meant to go both ways you know i really it's never supposed to be one party always taking other always giving i mean even for parents where so much of your time.
"shel silverstein" Discussed on Part-Time Genius
"Adults contested bed times notwithstanding children are buffeted by the currents of a large world they often do not understand a book without fear is an unbelievable book sounding a dull note that soon fades i mean it does make a lot of sense anything about other authors like maurice sendak or role doll even dr seuss i mean they were all kind of keyed into that idea you know that not having to pretend the world is this completely safe and happy all the time place when when they were writing for kids and actually even that oh me owner that we talked about earlier the one who helped convince silver two tries hand at kids writing he was famous in france for his own unsettling children's fiction i'm actually glad you brought them up again because under was also a big inspiration behind maurice sendak work and he doesn't get nearly as much credit as he should also speaking of sendak did did you know that he and silverstein shared the same longtime editor oh wow that yeah the woman ursula nordstrom you mentioned she worked with both of them for decades which makes sense because apparently herself stated mission was to publish quote good books for bad children now i love that well given that now seems like a good time to talk about the controversy silverstone's writing is kicked up over the years as as well as his legacy in general that sounds great but i i do want to read another quick poem from sidewalk because it really goes a long way towards explaining how silverstein approach writing for children it's called the land of happy and it goes quote have you been to the land of happy where everyone's happy all day where they joking they sing the happiest things in everyone's jolly enga there's no one unhappy and happy there's laughter and smiles galore i have been to the land of happy what a bore i can't argue with that all right well we do wanna talk about that controversy but before we get to that let's take one more quick break hey there so i've been wearing glasses since i was in fifth grade and i used to hate them i felt bad because they were super expensive they never looked cool and then i do everything i could not to wear them but now glasses are so stylish and everyone excessive is with them and we'll be parker has changed experience completely they basically cut out the middleman to provide super fashionable eyewear at a fraction of the price i mean prescription glasses started just ninety five dollars includes frames lenses coatings and the process is genius you pick.
"shel silverstein" Discussed on Part-Time Genius
"To like a baby acting like me right it gets this sidedly inappropriate from there so i'm not going to go into details you can track down the song for yourself if you dare to do so but let's just say the characters relationship goes from unhealthy to something much much worse ono so i mean you can kind of see why johnny cash might have taken to pass on that for sure i mean it really is sort of a weird thing to think about something that dark coming from the mind of a celebrated children's author but honestly i mean that kind of black humor pops up a lot in the poems he wrote for kids i was just looking at some examples of this and you know one of the best is probably the poem called dreadful and this comes from where the sidewalk ends and it's pretty short so i'll just read it real quick here it goes someone eight the baby what a frightful thing to eat someone eight the baby though she wasn't very sweet it was a heartless thing to do the policeman haven't got a clue i simply can't imagine who would go in burp eat the baby i mean i do understand why some parents might not approve that one you know most of us tend to frown on baby eating on the other hand like the poem is clever it's funny it seems pretty harmless on all and i know people have accused silverstone's poetry of being a bad influence but like does anyone really think their kids go cannibal after hearing that i know what you mean but it did give me wondering like what it is about silverstone's poetry that kids find so inherently appealing you know despite how dark it can get sometimes and what i found is that it partly comes down to how kids respond to poetry in general all kinds of psychological studies have shown that connection between music and an infant's development of of their language and according to this article from frontiers in psychology quote the further removed of feature of languages from music the later it is learned so the idea that kids respond so well the poetry because it's the most musical of the language based art so just just kind of makes sense that's really fascinating because you know if it's the musicality responding to then a lot of the pews is probably in the sounds that our voices make rather than the words themselves and i guess that makes sense given how like children's poetry usually plays up these acoustical aspects like rhythm or rhyme it's really more than most adult poetry does i guess yeah and i think most shows poets have to know that their work will be read aloud so it makes sense that they've tried to craft these highly musical verses since those are the most fun both put the here and to to listen to yeah and obviously shel silverstein did just that but you know i don't think it's just the musicality of his writing that's endeared him to so many generations of young readers like silliness and cleverness obviously that has a lot to do with it but if you ask me the thing that really wins kids over are those hints of medicine sadness that underlying so much of his work like where the sidewalk ends is such a melancholy poem and even as a concept it sounds sort of forboding is that what you think kids like about it i mean i know kids get a kick out of scaring themselves just like adults to of course as long as it's the right amount of scare and they don't want their endanger or anything but the why would something sad or upsetting be that appealing to them i mean i it's what you're saying about the right amount right like i think kids will kind of appreciate it and react to the honesty of something like that like maybe even if it's just on a subconscious level they they recognize that even though the author's writing for them he isn't really treating them like kids and actually to go along with that there's this great quote i want to read from the daily beast and it's this article i found it's about why the less than sunny world of some children's books resonate so deeply with kids so it says small ineffectively powerless against the whims of.
"shel silverstein" Discussed on Part-Time Genius
"You're listening to part time genius and we're talking about the strange life and times of shel silverstein and if you ask me one of the strangest times in his life by far was this period between nineteen fifty nine in the mid nineteen seventies when he actually enjoyed a pretty successful music career i mean particularly as a songwriter and i don't i don't think most people know this yeah i'd have to agree i mean it makes sense that is not for poetry would translate to songwriting but it's still amazing just how well he pulled off that transition yeah i as a singer he didn't have much success is voice was i guess to raspy and jarring for most people's ears even though we actually does have a dozen albums but when he committed to songwriting things really took off for him and by the end of his life he'd written more than eight hundred songs you know many of these were recorded and performed by some pretty famous artists like will jennings willie nelson jerry lewis even johnny cash that's a pretty incredible lineup actually even won a grammy for the song he wrote for johnny cash which was a boy named sue you you've heard the song right man yeah of course but i didn't know shel silverstein it until recently like it makes perfect sense in hindsight right like it's such a deeply silly song and it still has a sense of danger to it so it really fits right into shells repertoire yes strength for anybody who might not have heard it before the song is about a boy who was named sue by his absentee father and he gets picked on all his life for having a girl's name so much so that one day su tracks down his dad and threatens to kill him and at that point that's when the dead reveals that he only named his son sue because he wanted to make him tough i guess by forcing him to stand up for himself you know whenever somebody made fun of him anyway sue gets on board with this explanation and all is forgiven between he and his dad you know but the thing that most people don't know is that silverstein actually wrote a sequel to the song as well it was called father of a boy named sue but you will not find this song on johnny cash album the darkness of this song it actually kind of clips is the silliness and the other one so silverstein wound up singing it himself which which probably explains why so few people actually know about so i actually a little afraid to ask you can't just leave us hanging like that so what makes it so much darker well first of all the sequel is told from the dad's point of view and it's basically him setting the record straight on what happened in the first song so for example he reveals that he actually named his son soon not to toughen him up but is revenge for all those times the voice screamed and cried and fitz baby which you know of course seems perfectly fair yeah it feels like a totally appropriate response.
"shel silverstein" Discussed on Part-Time Genius
"Was written actually no publisher would touch it it was a full year until somebody finally came around and this was harpercollins i mean if you're familiar with the book you can kind of see why this was you know it's not a very happy story and in fact it's downright sad in some places and if you're looking for a moral to the story it's pretty ambiguous at best i would say no that's true and when you think about it that's totally in line with shells ammo right like as new kind of children's author like he never wanted to talk down to child readers or sugar coat the world for them and instead he was kind of trying to bridge the gap between adult and children's writing that's a good point in you know from the publisher's perspective though the story was sort of stranded somewhere in the middle of that bridge for example it was kind of interesting just to see how different editors reacted to it so it was one from simon and schuster who rejected the book and he said it's not a kids book it's too sad and it isn't for adults either it's too simple and you know this other editor that just kind of went straight to the chase here and his response and he said that tree is sick neurotic well i mean plenty of people would probably agree with that take but we'll save the controversy for later for now i do think it's worth mentioning that shell definitely got last laugh you know if you fast forward today the giving tree has actually become one of the all time children's classics and not only is it sold nearly ten million copies it's also been translated into no fewer than thirty different languages thirty different languages maybe think about not too shabby for this sick neurotic apple tree really not at all and i do want to spend some time on the psychology behind shells writing and how that relates the controversy we touched on but i also think we'd be doing our listeners a real disservice if we didn't talk at least a little bit about silverstone's bizarre stint as a songwriter all right well i'm with you on that so let's do that but before we get to it let's take a quick break when i'm not working there so many things i'm trying to do this weekend it was trying to build a bug motel in the garden with my son and then trying to fill the vacancy is because business at the bug mattel was not good but everyone's got a million things to do.
"shel silverstein" Discussed on Part-Time Genius
"Hey there podcast listeners welcomed the part time genius i'm wilkerson and as always i'm joined by my good friend main guest ticket or of course mango is joining me today from the always friendly mouth media studios in new york city and may go you're missing this but on the other side of the soundproof glass building sailboat with the wood from his childhood apple tree i'm actually i'm kind of getting choked up as i say this that's our friend than producer trista neil i'm not sure what far off place he plans on going with that but it must be a pretty important trip because i know how much tristan loved his old family apple excuse me i'm just i'm just getting choked up again so i'm wondering about this because i asked him a little earlier and it sounds like he just plans to tool around the coast on the weekends you know assuming he ever gets this boat finished oh well that that that kind of took a dark turn from what on it might be but you know what that that actually might be appropriate for today's episode because shel silverstein was certainly not your average saccharin sweet children's author the most people know him for his tongue twisting rhymes pen for childhood classics like where the sidewalk ends and a light in the attic but they were also long and varied parts of his career where most people they don't really know what he was up to including some fairly unsavoury sense as a playwright and a raunchy songwriter and even a cartoonist for playboy of all places so with these different sides of the artists in mind i thought we should check out some of the lesser known stories from silver stains life and you know try to get sense of how he became one of the most beloved and even most controversial writers of the twentieth century yes so once he became famous as the children's author details of his early life and his other work kind of faded from public consciousness and in other big reason why those stories aren't so well known as that shel silverstein was also a pretty private guy like he rarely gave interviews he never wrote a memoir or sat down with a biographer anything like that and as a result we really don't know much about shells childhood which is kind of ironic given what he's known for i i mean we know the basics right like we know his born in nineteen thirty to middle class jewish family in chicago but things get kind of hazy beyond that well there's at least one other thing we know for sure about the young shell silverstein and that is that he was positively obsessed with the chicago white sox in fact in a rare nineteen seventy five interview with publishers weekly silverstein said when i was a kid twelve to fourteen around there i would much rather have been a good baseball player or a hit with the girls but i couldn't play ball i couldn't dance luckily the girls didn't want me not much i can do about that so i started to draw and right well i mean you've got it appreciate his honesty right like not very many authors to admit that a career writing was their plans see i mean obviously after playing baseball and being a professional cazenove well while silverstein was a little too athletic to turn pro at either of those things he did have one early gig and professional sports or at least in the same ballpark and that's because he actually spent five years selling beer and hot dogs at the chicago cubs and chicago white sox stadiums and not only did that gig helped pay his way through school it actually also gave him some valuable life lessons so just as one example of this when a reporter asked him what he'd learned about people from his time as a hot dog vendor silverstein replied i learned they like mustard and that they like a hot bun did you know that if you steam the bun i they'll really like it i mean that's the sort of wisdom you can't vibe speaking of shell schooling he actually had a pretty tough go thing so i attended the university of illinois but.
"shel silverstein" Discussed on KMOX News Radio 1120
"X and x dot com and we return to the life of shel silverstein let's pick up where we last left off beatles were on the cover beatles silverstein produced over one thousand published songs many of which have been used in tv shows and movies including classics like dr hooks the cover of the rolling stone which was featured in almost famous hammered crows tendered semiautobiographical film about going on tour with rock stars in the nineteen seventies and writing about it for rolling stone magazine laugh shell also wrote the ballad of lucy jordan which was featured in film in louise and he was nominated for an oscar and a golden globe for his song i'm checking out sung by meryl streep in the film postcards from the edge leave alone strewed for the fearsome looking bald bearded jew wearing a long flowing pirates shirt and leather jacket that goodwill would have rejected was also adored by the country music community here dr one one he wrote ones on the way and halo reta both hits for loretta lynn in one thousand nine hundred seventy one and nineteen seventythree well there build a gallows outside my cell route twenty five minutes to go and twenty five minutes to go sung by johnny cash about a man on death row with each line counting down one minute closer to his execution waiting and the pardon said he three more minutes to moving so forget about me eight minutes to go on february twenty third one thousand nine hundred sixty nine the night before johnny cash was set to record his live album at san quentin prison he held a party at his home the evening ended as it usually did with his friends trying out their latest songs bob dylan sang lay lady lay kris kristofferson saying me and my bobby mcgee and shel silverstein.
"shel silverstein" Discussed on KMOX News Radio 1120
"Onto the story of shel silverstein here's greg handler poet wh auden once said there are good books which are only for adults there are no good books which are only for children children's picture books matter because there are a form of our first impression of literature and become the gateway towards our appetites for the written word in our knowledge of the world this most distilled form of art expresses basic truths about life in such a poetic way that it assumes the form of intellectual mother's milk the stylistic eccentricities of maurice sendak dr seuss and shel silverstein form the bedrock of our childhood lexicon shell story is arguably the most eccentrically interesting among the big three actor filmmaker james franco is set to direct and star in the babic centered on shell silverstein and you're about to find out why born in nineteen thirty on the northwest side of chicago sheldon alan silverstein grew up in a second story apartment crammed with relatives his jewish parents an immigrant father from eastern europe and a chicago born mother opened an unsuccessful bakery on the heels of the great depression though silverstone's mother encouraged his early knack for drawing his father made it clear that he was expected to join the floundering family business silverstein discovered his passion for drawing when he was five the lonely accenture kids spent his k through twelve years drawing reading and listening to the radio sir is it true that you are two thousand years old there is comfort and refuge from the perpetual boredom of school and his increasingly wrathful father after a few unsuccessful attempts at college she explained i didn't get much attention from the girls and i didn't learn much those are the two worst things that can happen to a guy but this delay gratification would later reveal itself as a blessing in disguise by the time it could get the girls i already knew how to write poems android pitchers thank god i was able to develop these things which could keep before i got the goodies that were my first choice while serving in japan and korea he found an unexpected outlet as an army cartoonist when he was discharged and unemployed silverstein began submitting cartoons to magazines while hawking peanuts and hot dogs to fans at comiskey park in chicago his break came in nineteen fifty six when he visited the offices of a startup magazine for men a minutes editor himself an avid cartoonist and army veteran hugh hefner.
"shel silverstein" Discussed on 860AM The Answer
"Onto the story of shel silverstein here's greg handler poet wh auden once said there are good books which are only for adults there are no good books which are only for children children's picture books matter because their form of our first impression of literature and become the gateway towards our appetites for the written word in our knowledge of the world this most distilled form of art expresses basic truths about life in such a poetic way that it assumes the form of intellectual mother's milk the stylistic eccentricities of maurice sendak dr seuss and shel silverstein form the bedrock of our childhood lexicon shell story is arguably the most eccentrically interesting among the big three actor filmmaker james franco is set to direct and star in the biopic centered on shell silverstein and you're about to find out why born in nineteen thirty on the northwest side of chicago sheldon alan silverstein grew up in a second story apartment crammed with relatives his jewish parents an immigrant father from eastern europe and a chicago born mother opened an unsuccessful bakery on the heels of the great depression though silverstone's mother encouraged his early knack for drawing his father made it clear that he was expected to join the floundering family business silverstein discovered his passion for drawing when he was five the lonely eccentric kids spent his k through twelve years drawing reading and listening to the radio sir is it true that you are two thousand years old oh boy comfort and refuge from the perpetual boredom of school and his increasingly wrathful father after a few unsuccessful attempts at college she explained i didn't get much attention from the girls and i didn't learn much those are the two worst things that can happen to a guy but this delaying gratification would later reveal itself as a blessing in disguise by the time it could get the girls i already knew how to write poems android pitchers thank god i was able to develop these things which i could keep before i got the goodies that were my first choice while serving in japan and korea he founded unexpected outlet an army cartoonist when he was discharged an unemployed silverstein began submitting cartoons to magazines while hawking peanuts and hot dogs to fans at comiskey park in chicago his break came in one thousand nine hundred fifty six when he visited the offices of a startup magazine for men in minutes editor himself an avid cartoonist and army veteran hugh hefner.
"shel silverstein" Discussed on Part-Time Genius
"So this to me because i mean it would make sense to me if the giving tree was banned because you know the hear that book is so selfish but a leading the addicts just so good oh no kidding it and i you'll remember this poem when you hear it but this is the offending poem and and you can decide for yourself it's called how not to have to dry the dishes it goes like this if you have to dry the dishes such an awful boring chore if you have to dry the dishes that are going to the store if you have to dry the dishes and you drop on the floor maybe they won't let you dry the dishes anymore so basically you know parents were worried about kids breaking their china guests or having kids manipulate their way out of chores or something it's just so weird that this was banned for that i mean it's ridiculous right like don't we want mischievous kids like not to mischievous but you had a little zany news and creativity and the kind of key to lhasa poems like that also i do think if you take things so literally shouldn't we be stopping kids from fables about mice taking thorns out a lion's paws because you really shouldn't be touching lines pause or from like watching things like honey i shrunk the kids because shrinking your kids isn't great parenting you're right it's really not a good idea if you're a parent i'm glad that we've learned that now that we're both parents it feels like you know when you look at the breakdown of the types of books that have been banned especially kids books that have been banned you can break them down in a couple of ways some of the bands are about the type of kid that you wanna raise obviously a good communist who's banning winnie the pooh is trying to protect future generations from what they see is the shackles of religion i guess and it's the same with shel silverstein or captain underpants and you know whether right or wrong their parents who want to raise a certain kind of good kid who's never exposed to any rude ideas but then there's another type of book that gets band and that's a little bit more about these difficult conversations so how do you mean.