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  • Originally posted by Finnegans Wake View Post
    Speaking of which, I did a book report on Wells's The Time Machine in 5th or 6th grade, and the teacher docked me points for using the word palpitate. She said I couldn't have known what that word meant, which proved I was just copying someone else's work; I replied by defining the word on the spot, and pointing out that it appeared in the damned book. Boy, that pissed me off.

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    • Originally posted by Gay Panda View Post
      In 7th grade?!?? *wince*
      Ya know, I had the same reaction. As a seventh grader. I don't blame Mrs. Murphy, though. She was just working with what the system gave her. I read one, once, out of curiosity. The beginning was boring, the middle was creepy, and the end was so stupid I was no longer scared because, just, gah.
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      • Originally posted by Finnegans Wake View Post
        People who read for aesthetic pleasure or with any level of sophistication are superfluous to what is needed in society: worker bees with baseline reading skills sufficient to accomplish menial tasks.

        Burn Othello, kids! It's the devil's work!

        Just started reading House of Leaves after several folks recommended it, and after a Murakami binge. Murakami doesn't leave me as woozy as, say, reading a whole bunch of Philip K. Dick, but just enough that I'm walking around about 4 degrees off plumb.
        That is, tragically, so true. Not only is critical thinking not necessary in 90% of today's jobs, for 88% of them it's probably a liability. I know it is for me.

        I have no idea who it is you're talking about- but I know that if a book is popular with the populous, it pretty much gets written off the "to read" list. I do lose out on some good ones that way- The Art of Racing (Driving?) in the Rain wouldn't have been read if it weren't for book club- but I also skip most of the head-achingly stupid stuff, too.
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        • I also read one Goosebumps (does that make it Goosebump?). I don't remember if I even finished it.
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          • Goosebumps was banned as a book report topic when I was in grade school. I don't remember what I read, but I know my dad paid me to read the first few pages of The Hobbit when I was in 7th grade. I read the rest and the LOTR books of my own volition.
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            • I loved reading my mother's Abnormal Psychology books when I was growing up. Here she was neurotic that I might pick up bad manners from Barney in The Simpsons (which she banned) and I was reading something a million times more inappropriate than cartoon belching in the back of the Datsun on a weekly basis by the time I was eight.
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              • Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                Goosebumps was banned as a book report topic when I was in grade school. I don't remember what I read, but I know my dad paid me to read the first few pages of The Hobbit when I was in 7th grade. I read the rest and the LOTR books of my own volition.
                Yeah, got The Hobbit from an uncle for Christmas, and that was the gateway drug. Led to Fellowship of the Rings, which, I was getting down to the last few pages and thinking Tolkien had a fuckuva lot to tie up before the book concluded, only to realize when I finished that it was the first of a trilogy. After LOTR I was really off and running. I had always liked reading, but in some way the world of lit opened up very rapidly after that.

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                • Did you know he originally wanted them published as one book? They forced him to split them up and TTT was not intended to be a cliff-hanger as it is now. I became such a LOTR geek after the movies came out, I watched all the special features and read up on the books. Tolkien laid so much groundwork for modern fantasy novels thanks to his research into folklore and old European cultures. Which is perhaps why I enjoy sci-fi more on occasion, because it's not a re-write of an existing novel.

                  Where's our literary hot beverage cart? I am imaging drssgchic's journal as a cozy library corner now and we are having a weekly meeting to discuss the literature of our youth.

                  I loved Animorphs =P Sometimes plowing through an easy read is just what I need, since I read too fast to retain much from "heavier" material.
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                  • Originally posted by Gay Panda View Post
                    I loved reading my mother's Abnormal Psychology books when I was growing up. Here she was neurotic that I might pick up bad manners from Barney in The Simpsons (which she banned) and I was reading something a million times more inappropriate than cartoon belching in the back of the Datsun on a weekly basis by the time I was eight.
                    'Splains a lot, dude. When I was little, I was always fascinated by the groteque. Admittedly, monster movies were pretty damned tame compared to the horror porn kids are glossing over to these days, but I was always looking for something scary. Loved a couple of serial books my grandparents had about the Mafia (lots of great photos of dead mobsters strewn around, all shot the hell up) and another on WWII (burned up guys hanging off the sides of tanks). Mom had some book of my father's from med school, all kinds of weird deformities and shit in there.

                    Holy crap, I was one weird little motherfucker, come to think of it.

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                    • Originally posted by Finnegans Wake View Post
                      Holy crap, I was one weird little motherfucker, come to think of it.
                      That explains why I like you.

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                      • I was fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials for some unknown reason. Every book in the library concerning them was checked out at least twice if not three times. Along with every book on hauntings. With TV I was plastered to Unsolved Mysteries, and was envious of those lucky psychic children who saw ghosts in their homes or could foretell death. And those psych books! The various editions of the DSM, Sybil, odd juvenile case studies . . . Every style of weirdness imaginable.

                        But don't watch Barney belch!
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                        • Tea, hot cocoa? For your coffee we offer heavy cream, whipped heavy cream, or Coconut Crack Creamer.

                          I liked the Animorphs too

                          I was a slow starter with reading, but I have it in my head that I'd read Black Beauty in second grade. That may or may not be true, but it was early elementary school.

                          Has anyone else shared a book and it turned into a monster? In early highschool I turned a friend on to the Valdemar series and she determined that I needed to get married a-Companion-back. They're spirits in horse form. In a fantasy book. I reluctantly gave another friend my favorite series by Anne Bishop. He then determined that EVERYONE needed to read them. Um- I don't hand them out because the male triangle is composed of Lucivar, The Sadist, and Uncle Satan. Oh- and she's very, very mean to her characters.
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                          • I took Psych 101 just so I could then take Abnormal Psychology. Sadly, I didn't stick with school long enough
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                            • Originally posted by drssgchic View Post
                              I took Psych 101 just so I could then take Abnormal Psychology. Sadly, I didn't stick with school long enough
                              Me too! I loathed Psych 101, it was just a class to get through so I get to the real meat of the subject. I didn't major in it for several reasons, like having to take statistics and the fact that most of the people I knew picking psych for a major were very, very weird. Not all of them, but most of them. I worried that these were the Mental Health Practitioners of the Future, and what it said about me if psych was my major.

                              Not that my major in Ancient Languages was any better.
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                              • GP, if you ever want to practice your magickal powers, I would be happy to run around Salem with you (it's not too far from where I live). I've only been there a few times, but the Salem Witch Trials were a part of our education, being in MA and all. As it turns out, reading The Crucible, my friend has an excellent voice for John Proctor (though he just has an excellent voice in general) and I made a very fitting Abigail (as one of the "weird kids"). That was junior year, I think.

                                I took Intro to Psych 101 and slept through most of it. There went my dreams of becoming a psychologist and I went with English lit instead (specifically gender studies in literature instead, I wrote about Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series for my capstone project).
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