Monday, September 5, 2011

№ 34. Missing Pieces, Sue. Missing Pieces.

"Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living"
Jonathan Safran Foer (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)

The book is still fresh. Unfortunately, the background music has to go. Too sappy.

Bento Box:

Again, from Wikipedia. "A Boy Named Sue" is a song written by Shel Silverstein and performed by Johnny Cash. Cash was at the height of his popularity when he recorded the song live at California's San Quentin State Prison at a concert on 24 February 1969.

"The song tells the tale of a young man's quest for revenge on an absent father whose only contribution to his entire life was naming him Sue, commonly a feminine name, which regularly resulted in the young man suffering from ridicule and bullying. Because of the bullying, Sue grew up tough and smartened up very quickly, though he frequently relocates due to the shame his name gives him. Angered by this, he swears that he will find and murder his father for giving him the name.

Sue later locates his father and confronts him, resulting in a vicious brawl. After the two have beaten each other almost senseless, Sue's father admits that the name was given to him as an act of love. Because Sue's father knew he would not be there for his son, he gave him that name to make sure that he grew up strong. Learning this, Sue forgives his father and they reconcile. With his lesson learned, Sue closes the song with a promise to name his son 'Bill or George, any damn thing but Sue!'"

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