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The Summer Reading List

In an earlier post, I mentioned how the “teaching” of literature never worked for me.  Rather than allow me to read and form my own conclusions, my teachers and professors usually insisted that their interpretations (original or not) were definitive, an attitude reinforced by examinations that might one day impact my economic life at least.  As a consequence, I lost interest in almost all reading that wasn’t required for my studies and profession.  (One exception that began in law school and continued until the magazine ceased publication was National Lampoon.  I still have 30-40 copies in a drawer somewhere.)  I believe that another, deadlier damper on the joy of reading is the summer reading list. Continue reading