On Teaching Modern Literature

The thing is, Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is far better if no one tries to explain it to you. You may as well try to explain why pain hurts. The same is true of A Farewell To Arms. If someone doesn’t understand A Farewell To Arms, they are simply too young to read it.

This just isn’t true of the Aeneid, though.

Published by Joshua Gibbs

Sophist. De-activist. Avid indoorsman.

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