Yes, KC, Literature is global and has always been global. I think of Pearl S. Buck and her book, “The Good Earth”. A book I fell in love with. It too was about oppression and oppressors and then there is “A Tale of Two Cities” about the French Revolution, that happened about 10 years after the American Revolution, so Literature either initiates or follows closely most world events. Both of those works of Literature helped to change the world. Obviously, those two individuals in the bookstore, are dumb bunnies who don’t know that Literature, in all it’s beauty and pathos, informs, creates, and destroys in equal measure and almost always for the good of humanity. Thank you for this, once again, incredible and informative essay about books, literature, and learning. Perhaps, one day those two people will wish they had read the above books mentioned.
These offensive political times have created some very interesting conversations.
Take the recent one I overheard at my bookstore, wherein two people (one male and one female) discussed the continuing tweet-commentary of J.K. Rowling with regard to the U.S. President.
He: “She needs to just shut up and write kids books.”
She: “I agree. I’m not even sure I want her books in my house or my kids to read her.”
He: “She needs to stay in her lane. She’s not even American. She doesn’t have any business commenting on our President.”
Way to display your ignorance of the true nature of Literature… and in a bookstore, of all places…
The Proof Is In Our Literature
It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the classics. But the reason we are overwhelmed is because no one ever points out to us that Literature is all about multiple meanings. It is made…
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