Arts Man or Machine
posted by March 26 at 11:07 AMon
I have a goofasaurus book worm friend in town, and last night he made me take this quiz.
You are given a line of text and you have to say if it’s a quote from William Faulkner or if it’s a computer-generated translation of some German writer.
Oh, he’s also an English teacher at a fancy private school, and he’s starting a class next year on 21st-century literature—fiction and nonfiction. He’s drawing up a reading list of books that are distinctly 21st-century either stylistically (graphic novels? digital lit?) or thematically (we concluded that so far, with catacalysmic examples like 9/11 and Katrina jarring our sense of well-being, the 21st century is about impending End Times: global warming, pandemics, and terrorism).
He didn’t ask me to, but I thought it’d be fun see if Slog land had any suggestions for books that fit the bill. Seems to me he needed fewer white American men on his list of writers. Oh, and keep in mind: The readings should be appropriate for upper-level high schoolers.