Over at my other blog, Red Lines and Highlights, which is about education (specifically, teaching high school English), I recently wrote a post about showing the 1973 George Lucas classic American Graffiti to my sophomore English class:
It’s kind of a shame, really. Pop history is so important to our culture, especially the culture of teenagers beginning in the late 20th Century because it’s the type of history that does have a direct impact on their lives, especially because it bleeds over into I guess what you’d call “anthropology” in that you can’t study the popular culture of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries without also looking at the societal shift to the suburbs that started after World War II. Alas, I teach a course whose curriculum is supposed to be centered around “World Literature” and I don’t get a lot of opportunity to cover a topic such as this. But every once in a while, I do, especially this late in the school year … and that’s how we’ve come to George Lucas’s 1973 film,American Graffiti.
My post for tomorrow on this blog is about its sequel, More American Graffiti, so I figured that I’d set things up with a link to my post on the original film.