Honestly nothing, I never appreciated literature in classwork because it was just a chore and additional homework I saw no purpose in
It would have been great if English class involved just reading books and learning grammar but after grade 7 we were expected to do stupid shit like "mind maps" and "theme squares" and beat other dead horses instead of just enjoying books in and of themselves.
I got into it through writing, really. In fifth grade I had this weird arrangement where I didn't like my teacher but I only had him for history because I was in the honors classes (blah blah blah) and the other fifth grade teacher taught science, so I worked out this deal where they let me sit in the library by myself and write at the computers or read Sherlock Holmes or whatever. We didn't read much in middle school but I kept writing and by high school was getting into reading. We studied Romeo and Juliet and To Kill a Mockingbird in my freshman English class but I had friends in it who made it a great experience. Then later I really got into it when I had an artsy girlfriend in a bunch of english/art classes with me and we read Dragon Tattoo and Brave New World and Salinger and a bunch of stuff together and worked together on the school newspaper.
Didn't go to school, I used the internet to figure out what kind of education my parents should have been providing me with. Aside from science, math, etc. texts, I made myself read obligatory high school lit, Poe, Tolkien, Salinger, etc., enjoyed it. Fell in love with the Beats of course, and to this day Burroughs is my GOAT author. Naked Lunch is good, but The Western Lands changed me on a profound level, I am constantly in the middle of re-reading it.
A Tale of Two Cities, t b h family. So many people my freshman year of high school criticized it for being pleonastic and even redundant, but I love that shit, and most of what Dickens has ever written.
Treasure Island in grade school. Some dumb kids mom though complained that it was too violent and had it taken away from us before we could finish it. I didn't read it all till last year when one of my best friends bought me a nice copy of it.
>>7593405 Yeah, man, it's pretty nice. But to be honest with you, I don't remember a lot of what went dizzity down in my junior English AP class. We read shit like Grapes of Wrath, Ethan Frome, The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible, and The Great Gatsby as well as In Cold Blood. If I remember correctly, the class was focused on literary analysis rather than the actual reading of novels (if that makes sense).
the professor gave the whole class way too much freedom, no one had to read anything, nor in most cases go to class. he was too soft and didnt have the heart to punish the class, and he felt bad about it. on turn was camus' stranger, and i was like, i will honor the professor, i feel bad about him. it was convenient for me because stranger is real short. i read everything that was needed for the class after that.
I picked up guitar and discovered a few acts that blew my mind, one being The Airborne Toxic Event, then my friend showed me Conor Oberst's work with Bright Eyes and I became fascinated with that style of songwriting. Once I discovered Leonard Cohen that was it. No one even came close. I started reading poetry from there. I was home schooled by the way.
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