• BurgundySuit

    Year of the Month update!

    https://letterboxd.com/films/year/1928/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1928_in_literature
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1928_in_music
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1928_in_art

    NO DATE: Son of Griff: Show People

    Jan 11th: Pico: The House on Trubnaya
    Jan 12th: Gillianren: Steamboat Willie
    Jan 15th: Joseph Finn: All Quiet on the Western Front
    Jan 20th: Conor Malcolm Crockford: Steamboat Bill Jr.
    Jan 28th: The Ploughman: The Circus
    Jan 30th: Miller: Decline and Fall
    Jan 31st: ZoeZ: Ashenden

    And coming in February, we’ll be moving on to 1983!

    https://letterboxd.com/films/year/1983/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_in_literature
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_in_music

    Feb 28th: BurgundySuit: Chartbusting!

  • The Voice of A Gnu Generation

    This is well done. BurgundySuit has Brain. There is a movie that came out recently called Goodbye, Christopher Robin, a biopic in which Milne is played by Domhnall Gleason. I haven’t seen it, but after reading this I kind of want to.

  • pico

    This is really great! It’s funny how distinctive Pooh’s voice is in English: nothing else will do, like you said. But there’s a really great Russian series of Winnie-the-Pooh adaptations that has an entirely different voice (more like a middle-aged man sucking helium) and it works and I can’t imagine that any other way, either. (In Russian, btw, his name is pronounced Vinny Pookh, and it’s adorable.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X8ZQPcr-Bg

    • Jake Gittes

      Oh man learning that Пух was translated from “the Pooh” weirded me the hell out back in the day.

      • pico

        Funny enough, it was originally Винни-Пу, in the very first (partial) translation, then it became Мишка-Плюх (!), then finally Винни-Пух.

        Eeyore being “Иа-Иа” is maybe my favorite, though.

    • Miller

      I will be incredibly disappointed if over his long career Liam Neeson has never punched out a goon named Vinny Pookh.

      • pico

        On the flipside, I can easily imagine a Heffalump in the Thousand-Acre Wood going by the name Liam Neesons.

        • Miller

          Bwahahaha absolutely.

  • Miller

    Great piece! And I’m glad you got Parker in there, she is hilariously savage. I know nothing of Milne’s plays but that in itself makes me wonder if they’re the primary reason for her hate. Although that “Whimso” is a dead giveaway, Parker’s wordplay is witty as opposed to whimsical* and whimsy tolerance is a jagged line for me (Rushmore yes! Amelie fuck no!) so I can see it driving Parker up the wall.

    But I also have a lot of Rabbit in my soul, you’re right about the general worldviews shown off here and their relative foolishness, that quoted passage of Rabbit’s is painful. But someone has to get shit done, dammit!

    *I’d say the difference between the two is direction, wit is out and whimsy in — throwing knives vs, juggling them.

    • BurgundySuit

      If anyone has read Milne’s plays, I’d love some recs – his dry British wit seems like it would translate beautifully into works for adults.

      • Miller

        I finally remembered where I’d heard of Milne’s plays before – in Connie Willis’ excellent books Blackout and All Clear. One of the main characters spends a lot of time with a group of Londoners during the Blitz and they decide to put on a play (apparently this kind of thing did happen) in their Tube station shelter – they are led by a somewhat crusty and imperious but very kind actor who wants to do Shakespeare and has to bulldoze over some nice but dotty and sentimental women who are all about Milne. Willis is a person who can write characters that do not reflect her own beliefs, necessarily, but I got the sense that the actor’s Milne contempt was based in some dislike and also reflective of a likely real scorn of the time, the way a lot of us disdain Nicholas Sparks movies (and a running subtheme of the books is how necessary popular entertainment can be, specifically Agatha Christie novels, so Willis is no snob).

    • The Ploughman

      “throwing knives vs juggling them” Fantastic.

      I’m married to a Rabbit, as handy as maddening as that can be. I’m better off than her, who gets a Pooh on sunny days and Eeyore on all the others.

  • The Ploughman

    The Pooh books are some of my favorite to read aloud to the kids. The Disney adaptations (particularly the older ones) do pretty well by the characters, but they’re generally much more fun to perform form the book, particularly the over-caffinated Roo. Eeyore matches not my physical voice that well, but my mental voice more than is probably healthy.

  • Excellent piece. This book has left quite an impact on my creative brain. I remember reading it in first grade and basically crying at the end–it was the first book (at least, that I can remember) that I read whose ending was decidedly melancholic. There’s such a rich vein of wistfulness in this book, and I’ve yet to shake it.