In my last post, "Children's Books About Love," several readers mentioned books that make them choke up when they're reading them aloud. Isn't that the worst? I don't know who suffers more, the teary parent, or the kids writhing in embarrassment: "Ma-ma, it's just a rabbit!"
I've been thinking lately about the things that get to us, and why. Like many people, I get indignant when I come across a book or piece of art that's specifically designed to elicit tears. I resent being manipulated -- all the more so when it works too well. They press the button; I cry. Argh.
There is a difference, though, between manipulating emotions and evoking them -- between demanding tears and...READ MORE