it was lit: formal education growing a love for literature

And I’m back again to scream into the internet void, as I encounter more Twitter threads which vaguely irritate me. Today’s topic: the way in which formal education is blamed for the death of teenagers’ love for literature. I see this yo-yoed across the internet, with teenagers blaming boring teachers, boring books and boring exams… Read More it was lit: formal education growing a love for literature

why labelling classics as Boring is ultimately detrimental

As an avid reader of The Classics, as they are somewhat threateningly labelled, I have lots of issues with the stereotype that they are boring, difficult and therefore perhaps only read by the pretentious type of person. Whilst I acknowledge that Ulysses is a bloody beast, and I would still rather ram toothpicks up my nose than… Read More why labelling classics as Boring is ultimately detrimental

CR: My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead: Great Love Stories, from Chekhov to Munro

If you know me in real life, you may be somewhat surprised to hear that I am voluntarily reading a collection of short stories about love. I dry-heaved my way through A Level English, through Cathy and Heathcliff, Othello and Desdemona, Dorian Gray and himself, through my teacher telling me that ‘romantic bile’ was not… Read More CR: My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead: Great Love Stories, from Chekhov to Munro