Saturday, October 15, 2011

Why I Picked Seven Deadly Sins by Corey Taylor

I have been a huge fan of Corey Taylor's work as the lead vocalist in both Slipknot and Stone Sour since I was in fourth grade, and my view towards him has not changed since then; I still think he's a genius. Nobody believes that the singer of a metal band is allowed to have brains, and I wanted to read this book so that I could prove them wrong.

I had heard about this book before it was released and I was interested immediately. I'm already 40 pages into the book and I am in no way regretting my choice; I have agreed completely with everything Taylor has had to say so far and I'm honestly excited to read more, I would really reccomend this book to anyone, although the vulgar language may be too much for some readers.

"Anyway, between Tony Robbins and Dianetics, I really do not know what the hell is going on in the literary world today. People shill get-rich schemes on late-night TV disguised as tax dodges and government grant programs. "Celebrity" wannabes suck off traffic cops once or twice and are thrown book deals like fish to porpoises at Sea World. When Paris Hilton can top the bestseller's list, we are one more Connect Four move closer to Armageddon."
This is one of my favorite quotes from the book so far, I'm really enjoying it.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Why I Write: Timothy Ferris on Writing to Learn

In short, Timothy Ferris explains with lengthy reasoning, when and how reading is beneficial. Ferris explains that in order to write competently, you must know what you're writing about. Regardelss of what you are publishing, you must be aware of the topic. Additionally, Ferris makes a point that you don't just learn, you also create.

Timothy Ferris demonstrates the importance of a powerful subject, using the example of science. Ferris continues to ramble about his subject, showing that he is aware of his topic. He ends his paper with the following statement:

"Science writing may seem daunting, but you're going to fill that blank page with something: Why not make it something that's not just beautiful, but also true?"

Why I Write by George Orwell

While reading George Orwell's piece, I felt a connection. Although I don't have enough interest in writing to make it a career if mine, I do enjoy writing with the little spare time I now have. I shared George Orwell's early ambition because I too enjoyed writing and at one point, I thought I may become a writer. I consider myself to be a decent writer with one struggle; my punctuation skills. Regardless, I had an immediate connection to Orwell in the opening paragraph.

Throughout elementary school, I was shy. I would have even considered myself a little awkward. I had plenty of friends in my neighborhood, but very few friends at school. I wasn't able to "come out of my shell" until after I moved to Allen Park. I don't feel my childhood was as lonely as Orwell's, but there were times in my early childhood where I could relate to him.

I chose to publish my reaction to George Orwell's writing instead of Myers' or William's because I shared a personal connection with this piece.