Gale's personal reading timeline, a place to collect and share things from Gale's life that were influenced by books and reading.
Created by Galeburton on Sep 7, 2009
Last updated: 09/07/09 at 11:13 AM
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Back to theories. Stock piling novels to read very soon.
New job, new commute, this time by car and with an hour and a half drive, I decided to revisit the classics from my youth by checking out audio books from the library-I was reintroduced to the Scarlet Letter, Tolstoy, to Dickens and many more. Then I met and fell in love with Mauve Binchey, an Irish writer and discovered that I could learn about a country through their writers. I began to read Anne Rice, I was amazed at the history I learned through her writings
Began working on my first Masters in Education, Human Resources/Training and Development. More textbooks than I would like to remember. No pleasure reading at all during this period.
Living in New Jersey commuting to New York City riding public transportation allowed me to read a lot of the "top best sellers" of that time. I was still reading a lot of the black writers now more of the female authors. They were all pretty much the same, although Alice Walker wrote with a heavy lesbian theme and about topics that impacted women
The world of theory was opened to me. I was a philosophy major because I loved to read the thoughts of the great minds of the world from Plato to Dick Gregory. I did not read very much for pleasure during this period on was on a mission to get degreed.
Now I can remember reading and loving e.e. cummings the eccentric poet of that era. I had and awesome English teacher in the 10th grade, his name was Robert Von Fisher IV-what a character. He introduced me to soooo many literary greats, theatre and the opera. I remember walking around campus reading the Hobbit as a badge of honor since only a few of us knew the significance of such writings at that time. James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Zora Neal Hurston I began to discover African American writers, I knew I could be one...I read and wrote poems constantly. My family always subscribed to Jet and Ebony Magazines and to the Amsterdam News to support Black news.
I can remember studying my Worldbook Encyclopedias and dictionaries. I know I was reading but no books jump out at me.
I can remember being read to by my mother and other family members. Education was a huge deal in my family. My grandmother was illiterate and told us daily "Get your education, no one can ever take that away from you." I still hear those words today.