Go the Fuck to Shul

LOLvis writes in with a link to Tablet Magazine's Go the Fuck to Shul: "Not only a witty response to criticism of Go the F*ck to Sleep ('Imagine if this were written about Jews'), it's funny enough to stand on its own."
It's Yom Kippur, and you're far away,
The last thing I want's to be cruel.
I'm your mother, son, you know I adore you,
But please go the fuck to shul.

You'd only go for a few hours,
Shorter than a full day of school.
You'll probably run into people you know
If you go the fuck to shul.
Go the F**k to Shul (Thanks, LOLvis!)


  1. Meh. There’s an undercurrent of anger in the Tablet parody that’s lacking in the original. To me, this renders the parody less charming.

    1. I’m not sure I agree. The original has a definite undercurrent of increasing frustration that starts to get angry at the end. Listen to Sam Jackson’s reading, he captures it awfully well.

      1. Sure, but the parent still loves the child. In Tablet’s parody, where’s the love? (I actually didn’t mean that ironically. Stupid contextual culture.)

  2. It’s also less universal. Every single person on this planet has at some point or another been the kind of baby, toddler, or child that had their parents muttering “go the fuck to sleep already”.

  3. D’oh. I just clicked through and saw that this actually WAS written in direct reaction to that stupid quote.

  4. I dunno, I’m pretty meh about the original. I mean, I think it’s a cute idea, but firstly it’s not funny enough to be worth publishing, more like a B grade internet rage face meme funny – and secondly the scansion of some of the lines is diabolically bad. Go the fuck to poetry school!

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