Reading Umberto Eco’s “Role of the Reader” in college, Ricky states that, “The reader completes the text, that the text is never finished until it meets this voracious and engaged reader.” Although there are critics who believe there is a right and a wrong way to ready books, Moody says, “I believe there is not now and never will be an authority who can tell me how to interpret, how to read, how to find the pearl of literary meaning in all cases.” Part 2. Response I really enjoyed reading this article about how the author really has a passion and understanding for reading. This is probably the most in depth piece of writing I have read about the philosophy of reading. Ricky Moody uses very educated language and supports his claims with quotes from well-known people, one being Nietzsche. He ends his essay with a strong quote that uses personification, “I believe in the freedom to see literature, history, truth unfolding ahead of me like a book whose spine has just now been cracked.” With this quote said, it is very apparent that the author has a passion for reading.
Literacy Autobiography Playing sports, socializing with friends, and working – All reasons why I am an alliterate reader and writer. I never realized the importance of paying attention in school to learn to read and write properly when I was younger. Although I graduated from high school and have a diploma, the lack of initiative and motivation in school has led me to be an alliterate reader and writer today. While in high school, playing sports was more important then learning how to read and write properly. Socializing with friends and going out to have fun was another reason why I did not learn how to write proficiently.
Engl 1100-28 18.09.2012 Words: 404 Author Pico Iyer, «The Joy of Quiet», emphasizes the problem due to the information overload. Soon after his arrival to Singapore he found out that people are willing to spend a fortune just on quiet. According to Philippe Starck, designer, the key success for him is that he lives outside generally accepted ideas which means alone and far away from civilization. Therefore the crucial role in his life plays the detachment from various sources of information. By using a combination of his personal experience and his own research he surprisingly notices that there are more and more people pay not for the comfort but for the lack of the internet access and other sources of information.
Just like a lot of kids, growing up I never found myself seeking out literature to read recreationally. I only ever truly read when I found myself forced too for a grade. More often than not the books were preassigned and I always found myself avoiding reading and wanting to put it down after barely starting. Till one day I had just watched a movie and thought it was probably one of the most engaging plot lines I had ever watched unfold. I started to look and see online what other people thought of it.
In Deresiewicz’s essay, he shares that he asked his class a question about the place that solitude has in their lives, and almost all of them answered that they have no time for it. Teenagers and young adults have not matured yet, but individuals teenage habits all begin to gradually dwindle as a person enters adulthood because the person is beginning to take on more responsibility. In essence, I believe that solitude leads a person into loneliness, and that the advantages of technology and social media heavily outweigh the advantages of living a fairly solitary life, and I will prove this. Deresiewicz begins his essay comparing three eras. The Romanticism, Modernism, and Postmodernism eras, and it is very clear that the postmodern era isn’t his favorite.
They agreed, which left him feeling as if they had completely given up their language and culture, which had brought them so close in the past. Daily tutoring sessions helped him, and as he learned more English his family drew farther apart. He found comfort in reading books. Later on he said that books were crucial to his academic success. He became a good collector of thoughts, but usually lacked his own opinion.
I remember that walk home was the longest one of my life. (Graham 7) Reading this quote shows that his classmates came up with anything they could so they could make fun of him. As a teenager, Drake’s social life did not get much better than his childhood’s. Drake did anything he could to fit in, from smoking to drinking, you name it. All he wanted was to be accepted, but it was hard to fit in because he was not rich and white like all of his other classmates.
When it comes to what children are reading, people only think of the bad things and what the book is about. They don’t look at how it could possibly benefit them! I think that students should be able to read books that appeal to their beliefs and culture. It could help them learn more about themselves and their religion; they can’t do that if those books are banned from school libraries and bookstores! Book banning has been going on for the past two thousand years but people still read those books!
For some strange reason, students act as if they do not need a textbook for the course. If students remember that they need a textbook, then they spend it on something they really do not need. Finally, students feel that having a textbook is not important. To illustrate, some students can go an entire semester without books and can still pass with the course with a B or C. Consequently, students do not have a book because of a lack of funds. Secondly, some students do not have books for class because they lack transportation.
While not all teenagers do such things, many sit on their backside all day long and wait for the world to change, others are making sure that we don’t end up like future generations, fighting over why the country is in such a mess instead of doing something about it. People say that teenagers see the world as black and white, right and wrong. While adults have a more vague idea of right and wrong as they get older. Maybe the fact that we don’t have as much life experience is a good thing. We are unaware of outside dangers that teachers can’t teach in school.