As part of our tribute to The Office today, we excerpt an interview with Rainn Wilson who has played Dwight Schrute on the show for the past nine years. In the excerpt we play a clip of a scene from the “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” episode in which Dwight is reading to kids from the 1845 German children’s book Der Struwwelpeter. Which is perhaps not so palatable for today’s kids. Above, an animation from the Struwwelpeter story “The Story of Little Suck-A-Thumb.” Do not try this at home, please, folks.
Incidentally, “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” was written by Mindy Kaling and Greg Daniels, an interview with whom we also excerpt today.
My favourite piece of information is that Branwell Brontë, brother of Emily and Charlotte, died standing up leaning against a mantle piece, in order to prove it could be done.
This is not quite true, in fact. My absolute favourite piece of information is the fact that young sloths are so inept that they frequently grab their own arms and legs instead of tree limbs, and fall out of trees.
However, this is not relevant to what is currently on my mind because it concerns sloths, whereas the Branwell Brontë piece of information concerns writers and feeling like death and doing things to prove they can be done, all of which are pertinent to my current situation to a degree that is, frankly, spooky."
- Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt