Why We Love Ryan Gosling: You Be The Tree

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Ryan Gosling is just great. Great! He has an interview in New York Magazine, which contains this gem of a quote about Shel Silverstein’s incredibly depressing children’s book, The Giving Tree:

That book is so f**ked up; that story’s the worst. I mean, at the end the tree is a stump and the old guy just sitting on him; he’s just used him to death, and you’re supposed to want to be the tree? F**k you. You be the tree. I don’t want to be the tree.

I don’t want to be the tree either! We should probably be together, Ryan Gosling.

My memory is hazy of the book, but basically the tree was in love with the boy and their relationship continues until he’s an old man? She (or he, whatevs, it’s a tree) loved him so much that she gave all of herself to him and he was an ungrateful bastard? Right? I forget. I don’t remember wanting to be the tree or being told that I should want to be the tree. Then again, I was young. Perhaps the nuance escaped me. I just remember being super depressed after reading it. Basically, I hear you Gosling. Loud and clear. We should probably form a book club or something.

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