Russell Kirk famously threw a TV out of a second-story window of his home in Mecosta, Michigan, but the damned things are like zombies: they keep coining on, no matter how furiously one fights them off. My friend Kara Beer tells me that one of Kirk's daughters had friends audiotape episodes of "Charfie's Angels," to which she would listen intently at recess. (I love that image: listening to "Charlie's Angels.")Like most Americans under 60, 1 grew up with the living room television as an essential appliance. I can still sing a lusty chorus of the theme songs to "The Brady Bunch" and "The Partridge Family." At odd moments I wonder where Susan Dey is."We're caught in a trap/ We can't walk out," sang Elvis, but if the off switch doesn't work, [James Page]'s 12-gauge ought to do the trick.
TV or Not TV? Bill Kauffman American Conservative; Feb 2010; 9, 2; Docstoc pg. 51 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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