Arnon Grunberg

Modern Classics


Geoff Dyer in the book review of the NY Times:

‘Not for the first time I find myself thinking what a privilege it was to grow up in a house without books — or art. Those Penguin Modern Classics did not have the allure of drugs or under-age drinking; there was nothing illegal or subversive about them (except insofar as the constant infusion of knowledge steadily undermined parental authority), but consuming them was an expression of independence and discovery. Let’s put it as modestly as possible: acquiring and reading them provided an opportunity to accomplish what every adolescent craves — going somewhere and doing something without one’s parents.’

Obviously, Mr. Dyer has a point.
Parents! Don’t feed your kids literature and art.

You will turn reading into an act of rebellion.
(Unless your kids prefer watching television to rebellion.)