But I digress; here are the questions and a few rough draft answers. Thanks to teacherninja and his always interesting blog.
1. What piece of literature has stayed with you, even though you haven't read it recently?
For some reason maybe only therapy can reveal, but more likely because they are instances of incredibly intense, powerful writing in equally wonderful books, 3 pieces of Lit that have stayed with me over the years all involve deaths:
- John Updike's Rabbit, Run and the scene where the wife is drunk and drowns the baby... tears every time, I don't think I could finish when I tried reading it after having children.
- Joseph Heller's Catch 22 has a few deaths, it is about war y'know, but when the guys are swimming and the pilot flies too low....
- Toni Morrison in Beloved builds up the horror so much I knew what was coming and didn't want to read it but had to and was literally stunned. Just got goosebumps thinking about it.
- Man, that's all I can do tonight. I want to go grab those books and thank them for the art they've given us...
2. What character or story has influenced something you've done?
3. What character or piece of literature seemed to relate to a recent news story or personal experience?
4. What character has made you wonder why he or she said/did something?
5. Name something from a work of literature that you (such as a character, setting or quotation) that you find beautiful or vivid.