My son has a school assignment in which he is required to write a book report. So when I asked him what it was about, I was thrilled to hear that it was classic literature. He added that there was a list of the classics to choose from or that he could select his own provided he explain why it is should be considered great literature. While he loves to read, he wants to choose something that isn’t on the list because he feels his writing will be much better given a book of his choosing.
So I struck a deal with him (as I tend to do that). I added my own requirement to that of the teacher’s – that he read “Of Mice and Men”. No book report will be due for me. He just has to read it.
Much of my “reading” comes in the way of audio books as I travel a great deal. I find it to be a great way to pass the time of what would otherwise be unbareable hours of torture behind the wheel. So I fired up the iPod and listened to “Of Mice and Men” on my recent trip. The thought kept coming back to me of defining what makes a work GREAT literature. What makes something a timeless classic? Why am I drawn now to read (and yes it do turn the pages as well) those books now at 43 that I were way too dull to consider as a teenage?