Night Music: Rufus Thomas, “Can Your Monkey Do The Dog”

Saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes tonight. It’s kind of painful to realize how grateful we are for a movie that pretends to have a plot and gives the characters a sliver of emotional stake in the outcome.

I loved the original book, The Planet of the Apes, by Pierre Boulle, and the original 1968 movie wasn’t bad. It has one of the corniest and most effective endings, which I won’t describe in case you don’t know it.

Didn’t see the Tim Burton version, or Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which leads into this one. I don’t think you’ll be unhappy with this one, but I really recommend the book.

I also recommend this Rufus Thomas sequel to his own Walking the Dog franchise.

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