Canadian playwright, University professor
John Lazarus is a Canadian playwright and university professor. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.
On June 17, Pope Benedict XVI told Irish Catholics that it is a "mystery" to him why priests and other church officials have been abusing children entrusted to their care for at least the past several decades. Though I am not a Catholic, a clergyman, a child abuser or a victim of one, I may be able to help clear up the mystery.
One day in the 1970s, when I was in my early twenties, I was sitting in a friend's apartment in Montreal, in the throes of a very intense LSD trip. My friend, an education student, said, "Here, tell me what you think of this," and handed me a children's book called Where the Wild Things Are. The fact is that there may be less rewarding ways of being introduced to Maurice Sendak's masterpiece than as an adult on acid. The book was instantly entrancing on many levels. Of course, it still is.
05/09/2012 10:45 EDT
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