[LMB] OT: War and Peace and speed reading
a.abraham at gmail.com
Tue Apr 28 05:14:49 BST 2009
Hi, I'm trying to be back. Some of y'all will remember me, most
On Apr 27, 2009, at 9:02 PM, Ed Burkhead wrote:
> I do not want to assert that Russians are, as a people, clinically
> - just that the "fine literature" selected by professors tends that
> Lots of very good literature, but depressing.
> (But, it seems to me, that American "fine literature" as selected by
> professors also tends that way - certainly so compared to the stuff I
> *choose* to read.)
I recall making the argument in my AP American Literature class that
the curriculum was clearly designed to be so depressing we dropped out
and stopped being a burden on the system. It does seem that
literature is associated with dark and painful topics. Perhaps that's
a reflection of "happy families are all alike" and the desire to
look at something different but still universal.
 Leaving aside the validity of that, and Oh Snap, it was from
literature. It's a logical circle.
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