posted by Mel
How do you react when a 20 year old expresses a distaste for reading and uses this as an excuse for performing below his potential? As if it’s OK to not read because you don’t like it– because some people just don’t and that’s perfectly acceptable? And it’s a valid excuse for not studying?
I know. I don’t get it either.
This disappoints me terribly. Putting aside the fact that books help pay the bills in our household and always have, to me “I don’t enjoy reading” sounds a lot like “I don’t enjoy sleeping, feeding, or clothing myself.” Neglecting any of these activities is likely to result in serious personal injury. He does not have a learning disability that makes it difficult for him to read, and he is of significantly above average intelligence. He wants to be an artist, and artists need context for their art. Context is something Eric is lacking; hence all of his big projects this semester have had something to do with skateboarding. It’s cool once or twice, but it’s time to begin deepening. Forget trying to have a conversation with him about the news, any social issue, history, religion, or, heaven forbid, literature.
My theory is that years of them darn video games have made a portion of his brain soft and mushy, and he’s just going to have to exercise it until it’s back in shape. So we’re working on that now. We bought him a book of H.P. Lovecraft short stories for Christmas, guaranteed to appeal to any young man’s love of the macabre and digestible enough to leave no room for excuses. I’d really like to get him into poetry, but baby steps… Unfortunately he’s a bit too old (and keeps later hours than us) for us to try to inspire a love of literature via bedtime stories.