When Samara was 12, her middle school English teacher - who was really instrumental in igniting her enthusiasm for literature - assigned Washington Irving's The Sketchbook - which included the aforementioned "Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Samara read "The Legend," and liked it. But when Samara took the in class quiz on the story, she failed. Why? Because she had read the story...AS AN ACTUAL LEGEND. You know, the kind with fantastical elements and where things do not have to have rational explanations. Well, appeals to her most favoritest English teacher fell on deaf ears. The story, apparently can be explained by a dude just dressing up and putting a pumpkin on his head as a mask. BORING! You promised a Legend, Mr. Irving. And yes, at 12 years old, maybe Samara should have noticed the ironical bits. But "Rip Van Winkle" is an actual legend with fantastical elements, so what was she supposed to do? Sigh... stupid quiz.Ok... so what does that have to do with today? Well, guess what one of Samara's teachers decided to assign for her first grad school reading assignment? Yup. #LiteraryPSTD #12YearsAGrudge
Friday, October 3, 2014
Today Samara Learned... [Day 3]
That she has a bad habit of holding grudges against texts. Specifically against "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Story time...