Friday, November 16, 2007

Call Me Ponyboy

When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.

I think that ranks right up there with "Call me Ishmael" for famous first lines in literature. Anyone who paid attention in 8th grade English will recognize those words from S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders. Or maybe not. It seems that some schools have banned the book for depicting drug and alcohol abuse and violence. But that's not what I remember most about the book. I remember Johnny and Ponyboy watching the sunrise while Ponyboy recites Robert Frost's poem, Nothing Gold Can Stay. Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold....

Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

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  1. AH!! The Outsiders,That takes me back awhile,One of my favorite books was the outsiders.

  2. The Outsiders, Rumble Fish...I liked them all! But, yes, The Outsiders was the best.


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