One of my interns at the University Press of North Georgia, Toni, had a great idea for a blog post a few weeks ago. After soliciting responses from all over our campus, she came up with this List of Stories We Love to Hate. Here’s my addition to the register:
11. Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, The Scrivener” (nominated by April Loebick; University Press)
After reading it in high school, I vowed never again. In college, I planned my entire semesters around skipping the day that this short story was going to be discussed in class. I find it painfully dull–literally! I get twitchy, restless, and irritable when I try to read it. So when it comes to reading Bartleby, “I would prefer not to.”
Are there poems that make you peevish? Stories that made you shudder? Novel that make you nauseated? Hit the comments and let me know what pieces of poetry or prose that you purposefully avoid!