Did I make up another word?
I am copying again. Or am I playing "Follow the Leader"?
Blog topic is not original.
What have schools done to "classic" authors? Thank STACY for another inspirational blurb.
I speak of Emily Dickinson, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Melville ....
Have your book reports turned you off of famous authors when you were forced to explore, explain and extol their salient points?
My answer to her blog post was:
As far as books. *sigh* Most of the classics I was forced to read in school, I now am totally disinterested in.
Won't give them the time of day or night.
Exception - Edgar Allan Poe, Homer, Shakespeare and Kurt Vonngegut Jr.
Remember Ethan Frome? I hated, absolutely hated that story.
Teacher spent three flippin days discussing it. It's like dissecting a fetal pig - afterwhile, all you see is parts and it ceases "being" a thing greater than its parts.
Do teachers realize that the fall out from their intense and clinical autopsies is total unappreciation for those "famous" authors?
Since leaving school, I've not read ANY stories by Hemmingway, Fitzgerald or Melvile.
Am I the only one this has happened to?
I recollect only one teacher that taught us to not look for hidden meanings and references but to read with enthusiasm. She reveled in the author's mind, imagination and use of the written word.
It was like she was saying "Look! Look what is possible when you embrace the joys of the English language . "
And the background advice of " Use it, amuse with it, teach with it, but don't abuse it." has stuck with me.
Unfortunately, she was in a lower grade - she could inspire enthusiasm in us for the stories because they were not "socially conscious" epics that bammed us over the head with foreshadowing and social criticisms- but were fun, whimsical and creative.
Teachers beyond her were dry, intense and stern as were the books choices they gave us. (Did I say "choice"? ha!)
Where's the fun in that?
Which brings me to Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, War and Peace - I've not read them, seen them or have any inclination to do so.
Does that make me a lowbrow Neanderthal?
UPDATE LATER IN THE DAY!
OH WOW! THE NEW JIM BUTCHER HARD COVER IS OUT!!!
Someone PLEASE TAPE THE FIRST EPISODE FOR ME!!! I read that the Sci-Fi channel is airing the Dresden Files series this year. AND I DON'T GET CABLE!!
On a real life Boo Hoo and "Oh No!" and "This is totally dreadful!"
is Brandy's situation.
Her large and loveable kitty, Squeakie is missing. For us faithful bloggers to her site, she's been regaling us with awesome, "warm and fuzzy" pictures of her cats' antics, Squeakie among them.
Please stop by and give her a CYBER-HUG folks. This loss is devestating her and her family as Squeakie IS part of the family.