“That book is so fucked up; that story’s the worst. I mean, at the end the tree is a stump and the old guy just sitting on him #8212; he’s just used him to death, and you’re supposed to want to be the tree? Fuck you. You be the tree. I don’t want to be the tree.” – Ryan Gosling, when asked about his character’s Giving Tree tattoo in his new film Blue Valentine
My parents were never very strict, but there were certain things I was banned from reading or watching when I was little, namely because they threw me into a deep depression for weeks on end after I finished them. They go in this order: The Land Before Time, Stepmom and Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree.
However, Where the Sidewalk Ends was perfectly fine. People falling off the end of the earth obviously didn’t scare me as much as cancer and deforestation. I was a really mature child.