A Yellow Post-It Note and Things Written There

Today my boss-boss gave me a yellow post it note, written on it was this: Youtube “Oh the places you’ll go” burning man.  Watch it, he commanded.  And since he’s my boss-boss, I had no choice but to do as he bid.

“Oh the Place You’ll Go” is a book written by Dr. Suess.  If you do not know who Dr. Suess is, or was, then I’m sorry to say you live under a rock and suggest coming out from under it.

Dr. Suess is one of the greatest writers ever to have graced this Earth or any other for that matter.  He wrote such classics as “The Cat in the Hat”, “Green Eggs and Ham”, “Horton Hears A Who”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”, “Hop on Pop”, “There’s A Wocket in My Pocket”, of course, “Oh the Places You’ll Go”, and countless others.

If someone told me Dr. Suess invented imagination I would believe them without hesitance.  He was a remarkable man whose stories remain a childhood staple, stories that evoke wonderment in youth but grow to carry deeper meaning as the reader ages.

It’s difficult to put into words the impact Dr. Suess’ work has had and continues to have on the world or even the ways in which it has influenced a single person such as myself.  His stories were off-kilter, his illustrations were wacky, and while sometimes his words didn’t make a lot of sense, the emotions he wanted to convey in them easily showed through.  He is a writer that I desperately wish I could emulate even though I know I could never hope to grasp even a fraction of his brilliance.

This video is a reading of Dr. Suess’ last book by random people at Burning Man.  If you do not know what Burning Man is, once again, rock – get out from under it.  Think of Burning Man as a Woodstock for artists.  It’s an annual art event out in the Nevada desert that, sadly, I’ve yet to attend despite my actually living in Nevada.  Anyhoo, it’s awesome.

Now check out the video:

“Oh the Place You’ll Go” is perhaps Dr. Suess’ most inspirational book and this video not only beautifully expresses every sentiment in his story, the visuals of Burning Man and the eccentric people that form its community perfectly exemplify the spirit of Dr. Suess.

Hollywood’s attempts to bring Dr. Suess’ work to the big screen has had mixed results.  Cat In the Hat was awful, but The Grinch will always remain a holiday favorite in my heart.  Though I felt luke warm about Horton Hears A Who, I kind of wish I-Hop would bring back their Dr. Suess themed breakfast of Who Cakes with Green Eggs and Ham.

Hollywood’s next Dr. Suess project, however, shows serious promise; “The Lorax” featuring Danny DeVito as the title character himself.  “The Lorax” being my favorite book, and Danny DeVito being one of my favorite actors, you better believe I am overcome with joy and dying of anticipation for this film to hit theaters.

On a final note, Dr. Suess is the very epitome of everything a writer should be.  He effortlessly entertains and, without the reader ever knowing, educates, inspires, and reminds the reader that our reality may be limited, but our imagination is endless.  Or in Dr. Suess’ own words from his book, “Oh the Thinks You Can Think”:

 “Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the things you can think up, if only you try.”

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