Read issue #1 of Daily Digest, by Mailbrew Team.
Friday May, 2024
Did You Appreciate Classics as a Teen?

I see a lot of posts about Classic books here and I'm just curious, have you always been a classic reader or did you get into them as an adult? Are classics better as an adult or did you always appreciate them? I had to read a lot of classics for school but they never resonated with me. I just figured I wasn't a classic kind of person but I'm starting to think I just read them too young. I remember reading Pride and Prejudice in high school and it was okay. I had to read it again a few years later and it was a completely different experience, couldn't put it down. So much to talk about! I had to read Beloved in high school, it was whatever, kind of weird. I had to read Song of Solomon in college and Toni Morrison is a genius. Read The Bluest Eyes a decade later and Toni Morrison is a literary goddess. There's a difference between reading Metamorphosis in high school and being told that it's about capitalism and reading it as a working adult and feeling that it's about capitalism. I had to read the Scarlet Letter in 9th grade and was told that it's about ostracization and bullying. Knowing what I know now about the Puritanical culture, misogyny, patriarchy, etc, I'm sure my reading experience would be a lot different.

Is there a book that you avoid rereading because it moved you too much, even though you loved it?

I have always had a few books that I enjoyed so much that I kept reading them again and again while growing up. There were also books that made me emotional in that list. I just noticed though that there aren't any that I tried to avoid because the emotions were too heavy to go through again. I do think that it'll be a testament to the book's greatness. What about you? Do you have any books that you try not to reread, even though you loved them, because they made you cry a lot the first time?

Catch 22

When I first started reading seriously as a senior in high school I asked one of teachers, who I thought was cool to recommend me a book. I was into the modernists at the time, Hemingway, Maugham, F Scott etc. Catch 22 was definitely not the answer I was looking for. Now forty years later, yesterday, for some unfathomable reason it popped into my head that I should read it. And I want to read it. So to you all who have read it am I setting myself up for disappointment? Was I right to ignore this book for so long. At this point I am pretty well versed in post modernism also. Catch 22 is a chunk of a book and I haven’t heard much praise lately for it. What do you think?

How to describe Cormac McCarthy?

I’m brand new to his writing, having just read No Country for Old Men last month, and I’m currently on The Road. His writing is both austere and cold, often dark, and at times minimalist. And yet it’s gorgeously expressive. I often find myself rereading paragraphs in order to relish in his turns of phrase. For readers who have more experience with work, how would you describe this stuff to a novice? Can you compare it to any other writers? It’s a fascinating aesthetic. I wish I could explain it better.

Do you "push through" uncomfortable passages when reading?

Hi there, curious to hear some opinions on maybe an unusual question. I have found that I am highly sensitive to certain types of content when reading; think violence, rape, abuse, incest, etc. And sometimes it doesn't even have to be that extreme. It can trigger my anxiety, stress me out, put me in a bad mood, etc. The problem is, many of the best books have at least some of this in them. I realize we all have different degrees of sensitivity to this sort of content, but I am curious how others handle it. Do you skip the section and keep reading? Do you push through it in order to read all of the book?

Editorial: The science of reading works. California should require it

Editorial: The science of reading works. California should require it

Mircea Cărtărescu's "Solenoid" wins Dublin Literary Award

Mircea Cărtărescu's "Solenoid" wins Dublin Literary Award

Question about The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later (Oxford World's Classics edition)

My understanding is the this novel actually has four parts: 1. The Vicomte of Bragelonne 2. Ten Years Later 3. Louise de la Vallière 4. The Man in the Iron Mask However, the Oxford World's Classics edition only contains books 1, 3 and 4 without book 2 (Ten Years Later). I saw that the wiki page for this mentions that some English versions publish this as a series of 3 books rather than 4. However, I am unable to find a complete set other than the Oxford World's Classics edition. My question is basically, is this edition that contains books 1, 3 and 4 only actually complete or is it missing the Ten Years Later part? I am eager to start reading this series but want to ensure I am getting the complete experience. Thanks in advance!

Weekly Recommendation Thread: May 24, 2024

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