Because it's better to look for the weird than choke the s**theads who p**s you off........
SCOT'S PICK O' THE WEEK!
....Open 27 hours a day for your convenience, by way of improbability drive!
Rereading the classics (available at any bookstore - ask for the middle/high school summer reading lists next month)
Remember all those novels written by old people a LOOOOOOONG time ago because you had to and you HATED every minute of it? Boy, I do. Hemingway, Faulkner, Shakespeare, I could go on. They were SOOOOOOOO boring and irrelevant. I couldn't WAIT to finish 'em.
Now, I'm rereading them. And BOY am I glad I am!
Now that I'm an adult, I'm discovering, precisely because I don't HAVE to read them anymore, how deep, provocative, and damn FUN a lot of these books really are! And they stand up to the test of time. They may talk about times past, but the concerns they raise are as important now as they were then.
Such books can also open your eyes to cultures and countries you know nothing about. One of my favorite movies, "Dr. Zhivago," made me want to read the book it was based on. I'm glad I did, because it gave me more of a look into the Russian soul of times between Czarism and Revolution than the movie ever could hope to.
This is true of all the other classics of world and American literature. There are some writers I absolutely love (Fitzgerald, Shakespeare, Dahl, Plato, Ovid) and some I'll NEVER read again if I can do so (Faulkner, Joyce, Burns, Turgenev, Tolstoy), but not a ONE of them was a waste of time, because I learned from them. Now, you see, I have more of a mature critical eye! :rolleyes:
(Another bonus is that the stuff that I read as a kid that was considered "time-wasting trash" to my English teachers are now considered classics.
A wee list of my favorites to get you started:
The Great Gatsby - Fitsgerald (The BEST American novel, in my opinion)
The Hobbit - Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings trilogy - Tolkien
I, Robot - Asimov
The Foundation Saga - Asimov
Dune - Herbert
I and II Henry IV; Henry V - Shakespeare
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Adams
Metamorphosis - Ovid
The Republic - Plato
The Communist Manifesto - Marx & Engels
The Prince - Machiavelli
Of Mice and Men - Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea - Hemingway
There are more, but the sport is hunting out the ones from your own past to rediscover. Try it, you'll LIKE it!
Until next time........don't drink the Pan-Galactic Gargleblaster! :p
Peace and love,