Yesterday in class we were discussing how a single act by a character can ruin a reader's understanding or perspective on the text.
As an aside, I said, "It's like when the Bradys went to Hawaii. I just felt like I didn't understand that show or any of the people in it after that."
"Who are the Bradys?" one student said.
"Brady Bunch," I said. "From TV. Greg, Marcia, you know, the Brady Bunch?"
"What channel is it on?" asked another.
Of course I know the show's been off for decades, and most of my freshmen were born in 1993 or 1994. Of course they don't readily know the episode I'm talking about...but, the Brady Bunch? Who doesn't fucking know the Brady Bunch?
(I won't even go into the argument I had many years ago with an adult student who swore Rock Hudson played Bob Reed's role.)
Anyway, I was so blue that when I went home I recorded my version of that lovely, aching theme song.