And this is why, every high schooler should read Chuck
I put this somewhere else in the site at the buttocks-end of one of the threads, but I feel it should be said.
Pride and Prejudice was absolutely terrible, 1984 was really good but flew over too many kids heads, and Slaughterhouse Five was too historical for some kids in my school to comprehend. So they hate those books. Now they hate reading and watch reality TV shows like American Idol and Joe Millionaire and this is what is now standard for creativity, and these kids will one day lead our country..."pounding corn and laying strips of venison to dry in the empty carpool lane of an abandoned superhighway stretching eight-lanes-wide and August-hot for a thousand miles."Chuck wrote that whole compelling speech because with this new idea of creativity that is passing through high schools, that speech may be more of a Nostrodamus prediction than just a brilliant, thought provoking monologue. Our country, our world, may crumble because of shitty books and shittier yet easier to understand reality TV series. Kids hate books. Boring books. The only reason I am making something of my life now is because my friend Ashley gave me a copy of Choke before my SAT's and said "read." I read Choke, my SAT score skyrockets 140 points. Now I am writing my own book and my friends noses are buried deep in the chapters I've written...cocaine snorting style if you need the visual, they're reading and enjoying and giving me something to strive for now. And I used to hate reading before Fight Club, before Choke, Survivor, everything Chuck wrote. Chuck is the PROPER gateway narcotic. Literary marijuana. Opening us up to ideas we would have never known and morphing our minds into something more than just 3 to 4 pounds of conformist ideas, obeying most of what we hear and accepting what is right in front of us as being the only true and real thing. There books showed me that there is more thought behind every situation that we encounter. If you read his books the right way, having a bad day is a thing of the past. You realize to make the best of your days, skip over the bullshit and jump into actual worthwhile possibilities.
If kids are forced to read Fight Club or Choke in school, this country would become a smarter place. It may seem like a stretch, but hey, the discovery of fire started with nothing more than a spark, and now look at the worlds techonological advancements...then again the more I think about it, the more I wonder if I could have let that first innaugural man-made fire blaze on or if I would have pissed on it. Either way, every kid should read Chuck, it sure changed me and all my friends for the better.
That's just my thoughts, place feedback.