digging around for knowledge but still feeling shallow

Made it all the way thru high school and college without encountering a suggested or required reading list. (That’s what an engineering degree will do for you!) My sister was three yrs. behind me and she had reading lists. The first time I saw one of hers it was apparent I had missed some part of a basic education, however, I always seemed to be reading. Starting in junior high up thru my twenties it was large amounts of Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke and Ellison. All 100+ Doc Savage paperbacks and “heavier” works like William Shirer’s tome “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich”. I’ve never developed a taste for the “classics”. Vaguely remember trudging thru ‘War and Peace” until I watched the PBS/British TV version starring Anthony Hopkins. I’ve probably consumed most of the ‘classier” stuff via Masterpiece Theater, cable movie channels, VHS or DVD. But back to print, no Melville, Faulkner, Joyce, Steinbeck, Dickens, Bronte, Austen, Hemingway has entered my brain other than watching Gregory Peck as Capt. Ahab on TV long ago. Shakespeare, in someone else’s words, is the “hard bard” and I could never see the relevance. On the other hand I’ve quite enjoyed plays by Miller and O’Neill. None of the Greeks appealed. What have I read? – Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, William Golding, J.D. Salinger, Joseph Heller, Philip Roth and a ton of sci-fi/horror but not much fiction in over a decade. The last fiction I recall was most of the Clive Cussler/Dirk Pitt series, Stephen King or all six books in Stephen R. Donaldson’s “Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever” series. Like I’ve said earlier, mostly non-fiction starting in the mid to late 1980’s. (for example, I probably have a half dozen Bob Dylan biographies stored in boxes) But all that is about to change maybe tonite when I get to the last page of my second novel in two weeks. One of many books I bought several years ago and have stared at on the shelf until last Sunday. And I feel like a have a looooonnng way to go.

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About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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One Response to digging around for knowledge but still feeling shallow

  1. sidelobe says:

    Mind Candy. That’s what it is.
    I missed all of the classics, too. Probably for the same reason. I started reading from my kids’ reading lists. [embarassed] Better late than never. And I’d never have really enjoyed Roth’s The Human Stain as much when I was young.

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