Mar 302011
 

[A] classic – something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
Mark Twain

Flanagan faked it, all the way through high school. Didn’t read the books assigned to him — Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Macbeth, The Scarlet Letter. None of them.

He was good at it. He’d disagree with the teacher, enough so the teacher thought he had to have read the book. Well, he didn’t. Flanagan has some difficulty reading. It’s not a debilitating thing; it just makes reading a chore. If Flanagan’s a fat, middle-aged swimmer, then a book, with strands of unfamiliar words, is a strong current. And Shakespeare’s a riptide off of a Florida beach.


I read most of the books. Not all of them, but most. Even so, I wasn’t assigned The Scarlet Letter, The Odyssey or dozens of other classics.

So, we decided to read all the stuff you should read. And discuss.

We thought we’d have our discussion in a way that most everyone could follow along. We’d discuss in a podcast. As soon as we’re set up, we’ll launch out on the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. So look for it: Stuff You Should Read.

Hope you follow along, especially if you’re a fat, middle-aged swimmer.

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  5 Responses to “Not Reading the Classics”

  1. I think the “fat, middle-aged swimmer” comment is a little harsh

    -Flanagan (the fat, middle-aged swimmer)

  2. Looking forward to some Shakespeare rendered in living color–or Finnegan’s Wake perhaps.

    • Finnegan’s Wake would be great for my faux Irish accent. Joyce narrated by “Lucky” of Lucky Charms

      • Yeah, like Hermione’s voice in the Harry Potter series. When playing a woman go nasal, when playing a young woman develop a nasal whine.

        Now that you are considering Finnegan’s Wake, how about another suggestion: The Federalist Papers. I bet there a lot of your subscribers who haven’t read it yet, and boy do we need to consider the stuff they are talking about.

  3. keep up the good work! I’m lovin’ it!

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