Perhaps the creepiest book I have ever read is Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which I read in 1985, when it was first published. I was so creeped out because the novel offers a reality that is one shade away, palpably imaginable, almost present. The Evangelical right is dystopian fantasy in The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985 and present reality in our government’s discussions of women’s autonomy in 2012. Or haven’t you been listening to the discussions on contraception?
“Well, I’ll be a blue-nosed gopher!” This phrase just popped into my head, and I remember being a kid, cracking myself up every time I said this to my sisters. I said it in an exaggerated country way, imitating the actor. No clue what the TV show was — so I google it. And there it is — Ollie, in the TV show Spin and Marty. I don’t even remember the show. But here’s the thing — do I really want to live in a world in which every question has an answer at the end of a click?