Permalink for this paragraph 0 Graff’s essay “Disliking Books at an Early Age” really caught my attention. Although I have been an avid reader since I was very young, I found his story very relatable. Perhaps it was his discussion of his inability to focus while reading textbooks and works for school that I related to most. No matter how hard I try to focus, sometimes I just cannot help but zone out when I’m studying. Also like Graff, I find some discussions about literary critiques fascinating.
Permalink for this paragraph 0 The first statement that really caught my attention was this: “Reading the critics was like picking up where the class discussion had left off, and I gained confidence from recognizing that my classmates and I had had thoughts that, however stumbling our expression of them, were not too far from the thoughts of famous published critics” (38). My first thought after reading this sentence was, “Wow, that is exactly how I feel!” Sometimes I struggle with creating an opinion or interpretation of what I’m reading. However, when I am sitting in class and hear another student bring up the same idea I had, I am immediately excited and want to continue the discussion.
Permalink for this paragraph 0 Graff also mentions that “our ability to read well depends more than we think on our ability to talk well about what we read” (40). I agree with this completely, because I don’t think anything I read ever completely locks into place until I have discussed it in class or with a friend. Graff confirms this idea when he writes, “Relation to a community made the intimacy of literary experience possible” (43).
Permalink for this paragraph 1 Honestly, I was not planning on posting on the blog tonight, but when I read Graff’s article I could not help myself. Everything he wrote really stood out to me, and I think it is something I will carry in the back of my mind and remind myself of when I’m having trouble comprehending what I’m reading.