Today I showed “easy A” to my freshman English class. We just read The Scarlet Letter.They got the Say Anything reference in the end, when the guy stood on top of the lawn mower, they knew it was a Cusack move. All the girls in the class did that involuntary “awwww” thing like a curling up sigh.
“You get that reference?” I asked, incredulous.
“OF COURSE!” shouted back.
“And you’ve seen, like Breakfast Club too?”
The same reply.
So maybe some of them fell asleep listening to the 93 year old woman talk about surviving Auschwitz. They tried to listen, her accent was tough and it was hard for her to hold the mic up.. They heard some. They saw her tattoo’d number. They hugged her afterward.
They feel something. Things don’t change so much and it makes me feel good. They know why Bender throws his fist up.