Monday, July 31, 2017

Read the Book!

During my first quarter in college, I had a teacher who frequently used two acronyms: RTB (Read The Book) and RTQ (Read The Question). If you do both of these, your grades will be much better. Reading the question carefully also helps with games like Trivia Crack. Conversely, playing Trivia Crack will help you do better on multiple choice tests, because it helps you develop strategies for making better guesses when you don't know the answer.

Of course, RTQ is not a new idea. It was written, in different words, about three thousand years ago in Proverbs 18:13. "He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame to him." That verse came up in my daily Bible reading the day after I had answered a test question before reading the whole question, thus giving the wrong answer, and I found it very apropos.

RTB recently came to me in a different medium: film. My youngest sister sent me a link to the trailer of a new movie they are making of Madeleine L'Engle's book A Wrinkle in Time. First the trailer crashed my browser. After I watched it in a different browser, I was flabbergasted.

Seriously? "The only thing faster than the Darkness"? Knowing Madeleine - and I was lucky enough to have her as a friend - I'm pretty sure she would have finished that sentence differently. My best guess as to what she would have said is "The only thing faster than Love." I went back and re-read the book, and nowhere does it suggest that Darkness is faster than Light. And Love is what saves Meg and her family, so I'm going with that version.

I may or may not go see the movie, but I'm definitely keeping my autographed copy of the book, in which Madeline wrote: "Lisa-- tesser with joy."