FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend

FoxTrot Classics

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  1. rayannina

    rayannina said, about 6 years ago

    Egads, Andi’s as bad as me!

  2. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 6 years ago

    Probably depends on the book. Some of the reading list in high school like the Caine Mutiny were quick reads. Others, like the unabridged catcher in the rye, well, I had to set a timer for each page because the book had no plot, no real point, meandering aimlessly as a study in psychosis with a cussword every word in three or so. Blankety blank blank blankablank blank. An abridged version, with just the 4 letter words taken out, would be a third shorter. Even most kids comic books would actually have more literary content, plot development and character development than that one, much less the average fiction novel out there by the average author. I still wonder what my english teacher was thinking, requring us kids to read trash like that.

    And they say Salinger was a “genius”…

  3. ejcapulet

    ejcapulet said, about 6 years ago

    Oh yeah, “Catcher In The Rye” - the name still makes my stomach hurt. I taught myself to skip the bleeps so, if you add that to how fast I read, I tore through it in record time (quick pain is better than slow torture). When I had to give a report on it, I told the prof exactly what I thought of it and he actually gave me an “A” for calling it a “load of psychotic bilge” and saying that “Heart of Darkness” was downright sane in comparison.

  4. Setebos

    Setebos said, about 6 years ago

    Good grief. Schools which assigned “Catcher In The Rye”! I ended up with Knowles’ “A Separate Peace” and considered it a crashing bore. If anyone had suggested “Catcher”, he or she probably would’ve been dragged out and stoned.

  5. sottwell

    sottwell said, about 6 years ago

    I had to read “Catcher In The Rye”, “Look Homeward Angel” and “Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man”. I was being abused at the time, and wasn’t really into the “free love” bleeep that the ivory-tower uber-intellectuals were spouting in the mid-60s. I noted in my report that none of the boys in the books had a pet, and that studies had shown that pets helped children develop a sense of responsibility and kept them from drifting into trouble. I got a D- for the semester, and was publicly sneered at for my negative, reactionary attitude, which according to the teacher was the only problem the people in the books had. Indiscriminate screwing around isn’t a problem, but guilt brought on by other people’s wrong attitudes is.

  6. sottwell

    sottwell said, about 6 years ago

    An interesting side point that I ran across while researching the whole issue of juvenile sexuality and psychosis. Freud based most of his ideas of childhood sexuality and Oedipal complexes on the case of a young girl, the daughter of a wealthy noble of some kind. She insisted he was abusing her, and sharing her with his wealthy, powerful friends. Nothing “cured” her of this delusion, not even shock treatments. When the father died, a couple of dependent relatives admitted that they all knew he really was abusing her, but since they were dependent on his money they none of them would come forward to defend the child. Freud’s whole premise was based on a fraud.

    Just like Margaret Mead, who sat in the shade of her hotel’s porch and based her “Coming Of Age In Samoa” on paid interviews with a couple of teenaged runaway girls who hung around the hotel picking up whatever “odd jobs” they could. Later they said it was a real hoot, telling the stupid foreign woman the most outrageous things they could think of. It was quite a joke around the whole island. As far as I know, even though this came to light several years ago, that’s still required reading in anthropology courses.

  7. Sandfan

    Sandfan GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 years ago

    One of my English Lit teachers assigned “The Return of the Native” by Thomas Hardy. I still have nightmares.

  8. GeraldTarrant

    GeraldTarrant said, about 6 years ago

    Can’t be worse than having to read “As I Lay Dying” for school.

  9. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, about 6 years ago

    Hmm – there was a time when “Catcher in the Rye” was considered the Bible of the young, and primarily because it was considered racy reading material for that era!

    And folks, let’s not forget that Andi was an English major in college. Of course she’s going to be a voracious bookworm!

  10. Yukoneric

    Yukoneric said, about 6 years ago

    I am writing this slowly because I know you do not read very fast .

  11. davidf42

    davidf42 said, about 6 years ago

    I loved Catcher In The Rye. I’m surprised at y’all not liking it. Now if you want to read something booooring, try Moby Dick. I’m convinced it’s only still in print because the teachers still insist that it’s a ‘classic’ whatever the heck that means.

  12. Setebos

    Setebos said, about 6 years ago

    Well thank goodness. I thought I was the only one who considered Moby Dick to be a bit on the turgid side. It has a good plot, and some excellent characterizations, but a good editor should’ve seriously taken a blue pencil to Melville’s text.

  13. treBsdrawkcaB

    treBsdrawkcaB said, about 6 years ago

    “Less Than Zero” was the worst! Worthless drivel trying an old, hackneyed formula in an attempt to be sensationalistic. Intellectual vomit!

  14. Kab Buch

    Kab Buch said, about 6 years ago

    My my for me when a kid from school never assigned reading books. Summer’s where kinda boring, though rode bikes, mom never took us to libraries, she’s not ilterate just doesn’t like to read. My sister can read but doesn’t like to she like doing those number puzzle’s or sewing. There getting ready for state fair after Labor Day.

    I don’t read that fast Paige how did you find time with especially one brother always bother you.

  15. Smiley R Mom

    Smiley R Mom GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 years ago

    After reading a couple of “classics” to my (homeschooled) family, and finding them extremely boring, I changed my SOP. Now I read them to myself, and THEN if I think they are reasonably interesting, I’ll assign them or read them aloud to the family.

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