Today on "Camera Three" (02:18)
Martin Levin leads a discussion of writers who contributed to "Five Boyhoods;" a collection of essays about growing up in America. The panelists include Howard Lindsay, Walt Kelly, William Zinsser, Harry Golden, and John Updike.
Updike's Essay (04:56)
Updike defines boyhood as a common experience, while childhood is more particular; his boyhood ended at the age of 13. He states that boyhood has lengthened in recent years. The panelists discuss cultural traditions that denote adulthood.
Name Calling (02:35)
Fear of being called a sissy is more of a childhood issue than one of boyhood. Zinsser recounts growing up with three sisters and what he learned. Levin wants to edit "Five Girlhoods" next.
Rules for "Five Boyhoods" (02:20)
Levin explains that the essays were not collaborations and there were no restrictions on format or plotlines. The attitude towards teachers and parents were respectful, unlike in contemporary society.
Lindsay's Essay (02:00)
Hear an excerpt of Lindsay's essay written when he was 14. The author describes how he wanted to emulate O. Henry in the final line.
Zinsser's Essay (03:05)
Kelly describes the elusive nature of language. The panelists discuss how men recall boyhood through the senses. Hear an excerpt of Zinsser's prose.
Different Decades (03:17)
The panelists discuss being forced to attend dancing lessons . They recall events that propelled major social change in America. Golden's protagonist "Stanley" symbolizes boys across the country.
Golden's Essay (02:13)
Updike explains that Golden's essay contains the hope and expectancy of Jewish immigrants. The beard infers something different today. Hear an excerpt of the essay.
Today's Society (02:01)
Kelly's essay describes lower-middle-class children of Bridgeport who wanted to escape. The panelists discuss how children's relationships with community and self-awareness has changed.
Divinity School or Acting (02:12)
Lindsay became an actor because acting only required an six additional months of school. Hear an excerpt of Levin's forward of "Five Boyhoods."
Credits: Walt Kelly, John Updike, William K. Zinsser, Harry Golden and Howard Lindsay Discuss Their Boyhoods (00:44)
Credits: Walt Kelly, John Updike, William K. Zinsser, Harry Golden and Howard Lindsay Discuss Their Boyhoods
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