Monday, June 21, 2010

What is the role of reading

I amooks quite amused at the cultural arrogance of the Duck towards an author he has not likely bothered to read. Kenneth Roberts is not read widely and is not apt to be assigned as "high school" reading.

This site does discuss many books that we have read on a variety of topics. The Roberts books are the first deviation from the mostly historical books we tend to read and discuss at this site. No doubt the reaction of the Duck would be far different if we read and reviewed commie approved The Jungle or The Hairy Ape.

There is a bias in our schools against popular historical fashion. If the goal was to install a love of reading, basic litteracy and impart facts than Michner would probably do a better job than Arthur Miller. The value of fun sweeping epics would do more for basic education than reading that is a chore like Silas Marner.

While the Duck prattles on about "being a man of the people", he watches obscure foreign films
and views doodling as a serious art form. Sorry, but I see the value of well wrtten historical fiction as a great form of entertainment. I allready have read many books on the subjects Roberts created. I also stick with Renoir and can live without doodling.

As for those who waste their time with mendicant death cult philosophers go ahead waste time.
My focus is on history and facts. If gassy long winded theories floats your boat fine. I will stick with our founding fathers and doccuments.

2 comments:

The Pagan Temple said...

"No doubt the reaction of the Duck would be far different if we read and reviewed commie approved The Jungle or The Hairy Ape."

Was you meaning The Naked Ape? That's one of my favorites.

I can't stand to read any more, I just don't have the patience. If something doesn't grab me by the first thirty pages, I'm done.

I decided to read a Stephen King novel here a few weeks back, and I was amazed how terrible it was. I used to be a pretty big reader, but not any more, not when it comes to novels or non-fiction books. I just can't stay concentrated on it long enough to really get into it. A short story or article is about all I have the patience for.

Ducky's here said...

Hmmm, you let the reference to Parkman slip. That was a test Beak.