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May 27, 2010

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Terrific! World's Fair is my favorite Doctorow book, too. Thanks!

I forgot to add - I cried at every birthday party I had until I was 15. I can remember why from most of them, too. It used to infuriate my mother, who always threatened that this was going to be the very last party she ever threw for me.

This is great, Stacey. It's also interesting to think about what a strange ritual blowing out the candles is. "Extinguishing" would seem to be in fundamental conflict with the ritual's meaning otherwise.

Laura- I never filmed a birthday party for someone under the age of 12 in which the parents didn't end with the predictable refrain, "never again."

This is gorgeous.

"In fact, a birthday party was a satire on children directed by their mothers"

Rob, You're right! It is a strange ritual. And it really gets strange when there's a candle for each decade, rather than year. Really underscores the "second childhood." By the way, that's yours truly in the middle in the picture, above. Hah!
(Your movie really got me thinking.)

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