toothforaneye asked: At what age did you learn of your appreciation for literature? Was it college that shaped u into becoming an avid reader, or was it something u always did? i've drifted alot from reading and I know it's pretty important, so every time u post a book-related post I just think to myself, "fuck," hence my terrible grammar.
This is very embarrassing but the catalyst for my undying love of reading was Good Will Hunting. Specifically the scene where Will references Frost, O’Connor, Nietzsche. I thought Matt Damon’s character was such a cool fucking working class dude; he drank rounds of beer with his friends, he worked a shitty job that was still kind of romantic and he casually referenced all these people I hadn’t read before.
After I saw that I went out and got all the books he mentioned to see what they were all about. I poured over Robert Frost, I read Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States because he said it would blow your hair back, I read The Last Hurrah because he said O’Connor was one of his heroes (I thought he meant Edwin O’Connor even though I later inferred that he was talking about Flannery, who I also read).
I was slightly disaffected in high school because all the “cool” people were jocks, rich kids and stoners whose idea of a good time was driving around in a Ford Expedition listening to Ludacris and smoking weed. I never really bought into that shit but when you’re a 16 year old puddle of insecurity in suburban Minnesota you don’t fully understand that there were alternatives. So when badass fucking Will Hunting came along quoting Shakespeare and punching preppy dudes in the face it blew my mind! It gave me the permission to think that it was cool to be well read and have opinions on art without being called gay by a rich kid in a North Face jacket.
I weathered my fair share of snark for reading Plato in the hallway between classes and I can’t tell you how many times I had people ask me “You’re reading something that’s not for class??” But I didn’t give a shit, I had realized reading was awesome and that the cool people that were worth knowing were the ones with the books.