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Day of the Triffids 
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Somehow I just cannot picture you as a guilty pleasure kind of guy, Bill.... ;)

Books that are guilty pleasures - when does it cross the line into pure trash and maybe trash with something to recommend it?

When there is something you SHOULD read (for work or whatever, may even be interesting but not as much FUN as the good stuff) something you would LOVE to read, and something that is at least words in a row, where do you draw the line? Or at least what do you feel guilty about reading? What makes a book the literary equivalent of a doughnut?

A graduate student I teach told me the other day that she "looked at the paper but did not read it". How can anyone do that? Can you look at text in a language you are fluent in and NOT read it???

Are we really that weird around here or am I the only one?

Rambling posts like this - another guilty pleasure- sorry Jim.

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I read Day of the Triffid years ago...I remember lending the book to one of the teachers who oversaw my student teaching (yep, that long ago) and never getting it back. I listened to it recently on an audio book and enjoyed it just as much. It is a book that holds up well.

And if you've ever listened to a bunch of 16--19 year old boys (with the 13 year old chiming in from time to time) analyze the characters, plot, and symbols of a video game, comparing it to others, and speaking knowledgeably about the writers, animators and voice actors, you'll know those papers will not be long in coming.

Hey, I remember having to fight to take a class in science fiction way back in the 70s. (taught by Phillip Klass who wrote under the name William Tenn and whose work I liked before I got to Penn State--and there's an unappreciated sf writer for you--he only taught the class every few years and I was taking it no matter who I had to fight to do it. Got it in as an American Lit credit--don't ask). Video games just may be the new ghetto.


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