THE NEWER KNOWLEDGE
With the Renaissance came a new knowledge, the reading of text-books and the study of great literatures whose effects are being felt today. All that can go now. The time has come for a wholesale abandonment of such clumsy apparatus. No more taking of English 29 to read "Tom Jones"; no more French 2 to help pass the Reading Knowledge Examination; they all must go. Thus decrees an eminent authority--the Moving Pictures.
"Don't take English 41 or Comp. Lit. 12; we give you the same stuff; and for less money. We combine pleasure and business in our business of pleasure. Try us.
"Take the course Mov. 1, 'Twentieth Century Screenalities'. Elinor Glyn, Anthony Hope, Ibanez, Valentino. Twenty-five cents to a dollar a course (depending upon your place in the seating list).
"Or Mov. 2, 'The Classics, 'Les Miserables' with Farnum, 'The Three Musketeers' with Fairbanks. 'Monte Cristo' by Fox. Why read-French?"
It is high time to expostulate. "What if one wishes to re-read a novel in later years?"
"Ah!" replies the M. P. "Six years ago we gave you 'Oliver Twist' with Marie Doro; this winter we shall present 'Oliver Twist' with Jackie Coogan"
There is no answer to that.
At Princeton, President Hibben a few days ago delivered an address in which he referred to the "habitual attendance at the moving picture halls, night after night, week after week, throughout the year." To be sure, the thing explains itself. No doubt the English section of the Princeton Catalogue of Courses contains as many "Omitted in 1922-23" reminders as the University's does. The Princeton student is to be commended for his diligence in following up his outside reading.