Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

Things To Do When I Get Some Free Time

I really ought to reread Catcher In The Rye.  I (sort of) read it in high school, mostly skimming it to squeak through lit class (hey, I admit it.  At least I didn't do like the other kids and buy Cliff's Notes).

The thing is, I didn't really acquire an appreciation for literature and poetry until I was well out of college, I think about the time I was delivering pizzas (I remember writing lines by Shakespeare and Matthew Arnold on the marker board every day).  Maybe, in order to really get it, I needed a certain maturity.  Or maybe enough life experiences that I could see what they were driving at.  I didn't give The Scarlet Letter much thought until after I had broken away from the Catholic church.  I was paging through it, and suddenly the passages and the plot resonated with me.  So I admit it could be my failings that prevented me from really appreciating Catcher In The Rye.

It could be a readthrough now will yield an appreciation I didn't have back then (20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is another book that jumped up my Awesome list when I revisited it).  So I'll have to make sure to do that some time....
Tags: art, important life lessons
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