Unpopular Opinions: The Great Gatsby

WARNING: Contains a substantial amount of bellyaching. Those who do not wish to subject themselves to ranting about American literature should flee immediately. Hide your librarians.  The Great Gatsby was one of the few novels I remember people liking in high school. I was not one of those people. In fact, I thought it was [...]

How I Understand Poetry

I remember in high school being forced to take poems apart line by line. We'd do a few together as a class, which took a better part of the hour, and then we would write one long essay over a more complicated poem on Fridays. To me, there was something weirdly clinical about the whole procedure. It [...]